April 23, 2024 2:38 pm
Statistics from Israel’s Central Social Security Center reveal that 22 out of every thousand children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

In 2022, there were 57,233 people in Israel diagnosed on the autism spectrum. This means that there are approximately 5.9 people with autism for every 1,000 of the population (one in 167). Out of those diagnosed, 77% were male and 81% were under the age of 18. Additionally, 92% of those diagnosed were Jewish. Among Jewish individuals, 42% had a father who was Ashkenazi and 26% had a father who was Sephardic. Furthermore, among those diagnosed with autism, 46% had at least one additional disability and 9% had two or more additional diagnoses.

The number of people diagnosed with autism has increased over the past two decades from approximately four children per thousand among those born in the year 2000 to approximately twenty-two children per thousand among those born in the year 2018. For Jewish boys born in Israel, the rate of diagnosis has risen from ten per thousand to thirty-eight per thousand and for Jewish girls it has increased from three per thousand to thirteen per thousand. Similarly, for Arab boys and girls born in Israel, the rate of diagnosis has risen significantly as well.

It’s worth noting that these figures also indicate improvements in diagnostic methods and increased awareness among parents. This article highlights some examples of how technology is being used to improve accessibility and inclusivity for individuals on the autism spectrum. The article also discusses some challenges faced by individuals with autism when it comes to navigating online gaming communities and social media platforms.

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