The Committee for the Rights of the Child met Tuesday to discuss the problems facing children with special needs who live in the “periphery” - in the north, south, or Judea and Samaria, far from an urban center. Committee head MK Zevulun Orlev said he had received many appeals from the public, and particularly those in Judea and Samaria, regarding the lack of appropriate services for special-needs children in those areas.
“Most of the children simply are not getting the services that could help them move forward and give them a better future,” he stated.
Eti Veisblay, a Knesset researcher, said relevant data is sparse, making it difficult to study the problem. “There is no reliable body with figures including geographical distribution,” she said, adding, “It definitely makes supervision more difficult.”