The tel Aviv district court rendered a precedent-setting decision that autism is not a mental disorder. According to the decree, people with this diagnosis should be handled by the Ministry of social welfare, not psychiatric hospitals.
The decision was made at the suit of the representatives of the 23-year-old young man with autism, during the month were on forced hospitalization in a closed psychiatric ward of the hospital, «Sheba» in tel Hashomer.
The plaintiff was diagnosed with an autism spectrum low functioning and severe developmental delays. In recent years he received psychiatric treatment.
According to the newspaper «gaarets» that the plaintiff received medical treatment led to the opposite effect, worsening his condition that led to involuntary admission.