Statistics from Israel’s Central Social Security Center reveal that 22 out of every thousand children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

The Central Bureau of Statistics reported in 2022 that there were 57,233 people living in Israel diagnosed on the autism spectrum, which is equivalent to 5.9 people per 1,000 of the population or one in 167. Among those diagnosed, 77% were male and 81% were under the age of 18. Additionally, 92% of those diagnosed were Jewish. Among Jews, 42% are children of an Ashkenazi father and 26% are children of a Sephardic father.

Among those diagnosed with autism, 46% had at least one additional disability alongside their diagnosis and 9% had two or more additional diagnoses. The number of people diagnosed over the past two decades has increased from 4.5 children per thousand among those born in 2000 to 22.2 children per thousand among those born in

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