Shai Piron at the weekly cabinet meeting 370.
(photo credit: Mark Neiman/GPO)
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation unanimously approved on Monday an
amendment to the law for the rights of students with learning disabilities
proposed by Education Minister Shai Piron, as a first step toward standardizing
the diagnosis procedure of learning disabilities in Israel.
implementation in 2008, the law has aimed to protect the rights of applicants
and students with learning disabilities in the post-secondary education system,
regulate the diagnosing of learning disabilities and establish a support system
for students suffering from such disabilities.
Students who are diagnosed
with learning disabilities such as ADHD or dyslexia, for example, are entitled
to receiving benefits from their higher education institutions during their
The current situation however, is such that students’ diagnoses
are not always recognized by all post-secondary education institutions. This
means that while a student could be considered eligible for learning
disabilities benefits at one university, he may not be at another.
improving this aspect of the law, the approved amendment states that, as a first
step toward standardizing the diagnosing process, it is important to establish
clear criteria for who has the authority to diagnose learning
Two new committees will be established for this purpose.
First, an experts committee will work to determine a set of training
requirements that a professional will have to complete in order to have the
authority to diagnose the disabilities.
Secondly, an admissions committee
will decide whether a candidate has met the criteria to be recognized and
certified as a diagnostic professional.
Education Minister Shai Piron
said in a statement that the change to the law “is another step in promoting and
making higher education more accessible,” and that it will “help each student
maximize his skills and integrate the higher education system in Israel.”