TAU Alumna Promotes Autism Integration at Israeli Universities
Noga Keinan draws on personal experience, says autistic individuals “perfectly suited” for academia
Noga Keinan, MBA alumna from TAU's Coller School of Management; founder and chair of Israel’s Chief Financial Officers Forum since 1997 says, "When my grandson was diagnosed with ASD aged 1 ½, I wondered if he would ever be able to pursue a higher education. Yet, if you look at the specific qualities of ASD individuals, you’ll see that they are perfectly suited for the university milieu—thanks both to their ability to delve deep into a subject that interests them and the fresh perspectives they bring.
"After doing a lot of research, I founded a non-profit called ‘Students on the ASD Spectrum’ with the primary goal of bringing hope to families with ASD children regarding the possibility of reaching university. We promote the integration of ASD students into higher education and encourage universities and colleges to establish dedicated frameworks such as TAU’s Yahalom Program for this growing group of courageous young people.”