Lihi Lapid describes her first suspicions that something was wrong with her daughter: “I pray,” she wrote, “‘Please give me a deaf child’; all other possibilities, I realize, are much worse.” Her daughter’s hearing was fine, which meant facing the reality she’d dreaded all along: her daughter was autistic.

Lapid, a journalist and writer, and wife of Finance Minister Yair Lapid, spoke out on the final day of the Canada- Israel Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Symposium, on March 4, offering the gathered researchers and professionals a different kind of insight from the scientific data they’d shared over the previous two days at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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