Mar. 15, 2019
U.S. Ambassador Friedman Greets Special-Needs IDF Soldiers – Zack Evens (Jerusalem Post)
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman visited the Palmachim Air Force Base last week to observe how the IDF has integrated people with disabilities into the army.
There are about 50 soldiers with autism and other disabilities currently serving at the Palmachim base and around 400 serving in the army in total.
Their service is organized by the IDF’s Special in Uniform program.
Israel is the only country in the world in which autistic and disabled soldiers serve in the army.
“This project is a national pride, a light unto the nations,” said Lt.-Col. (res.) Gabi Ophir, a founder of Special in Uniform.
Ophir’s daughter, who has Williams syndrome, a developmental disorder, currently serves in the army as part of the program.