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*(Israel) Kids with ASD triples in 10 yrs; "Israel...unprepared [for] this growing population"

Jan 22, 2018, Jerusalem Post: NUMBER OF CHILDREN ON AUTISTIC SPECTRUM HAS TRIPLED OVER PAST DECADE HTTP://WWW.JPOST.COM/ISRAEL-NEWS/ALUT-NUMBER-OF-CHILDREN-ON-AUTISTIC-SPECTRUM-HAS-TRIPLED-OVER-PAST-DECADE-539475 The number of children on the autistic spectrum has tripled over the past decade and Israel is unprepared to deal with this growing population group, The Israeli Society for Autistic Children (ALUT) said on Monday. According to the organization, one in every 100 babies is diagnosed with autism each year and statistics show that the numbers will only continue to grow. … Shapira said that the rapid increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism and the lack of preparedness by the State has caused a situation in which existing educational frameworks are overflowing and do not allow for proper care of children with special needs. … He explained that the reality today, sees countless children having to attend schools up to an hour and a half away from home or attending frameworks that are not suited to meet their needs. Worst of all, he said, there are many children who are forced to stay home with one of their parents since no suitable educational framework is provided for them. Additionally, he said that the Education Ministry had set a limit of 80 pupils per school for autistic children, though in reality enrollment often exceeded 100 pupils. According to ALUT, there is to date a need for some 25 additional schools dedicated solely for children with special needs to meet the growing demand for educational frameworks.