The mission of ALUT is to ensure the well-being, rehabilitation, economic status, and future of people with autism in Israel.

missionEstablished in 1974 by parents of children with autism, today ALUT is Israel’s predominant resource for families coping with autism and pervasive developmental disorders (PDD).  Its $30 million annual operating budget, 1,400 person staff and network of 400 volunteers allows ALUT to offer a comprehensive array of services for families, beginning at the time of diagnosis through adulthood.

The government of Israel, by law, funds 80 percent of the budget; 20 percent of ALUT’s budget is supported by generous contributions from individual donors and foundations.

 Over 8,000 individuals in Israel have been diagnosed with autism.  Statistics show that the numbers will continue to grow. In Israel, 1 out of 100 children will be diagnosed with autism. Over 400 infants in Israel are diagnosed annually.

ALUT is revolutionizing the treatment of toddlers, children and adults with autism by doing the following:

  • Establishing and operating effective, integrated, individualized educational programs and maximizing special education services at ALUT’s nurseries and treatment centers for toddlers (Alutaf)
  • Rehabilitation and occupational centers for adults
  • “Homes for Life”, residential homes for people with autism
  • Training professionals to work in this field
  • Providing assistance to families of people with autism
  • Advocating to advance the rights of children and adults with autism and to improve the services available to them and their families


  • Alut inhabitants of “Homes for Life” number 450, in 17 homes around the country.
  • 13 Alut occupational day centers care for 400 people.
  • Alut Day Rehabilitation Centers for toddlers under 3 years of age include 150 children in 12 kindergartens. (Alutafs).
  • The Alut Diagnostic Clinic.
  • 2,500 children with autism attend schools and kindergartens. Alut supports these facilities with vocational training, consulting, and other assistance.
  • The Alut Family Center grants services to approximately 10,000 families: Advice, consulting, support groups, lectures and refresher courses.
  • Families of children affected by autism make Aliya in order to receive the most advanced and comprehensive services for their children.
  • Waiting lists for all of ALUT services and facilities are growing.


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