About Netzer Association
Netzer Association is a non-profit parent’s organization that
was founded in Haifa, Israel in 1982. The Netzer Association
operates diagnostic and treatment frameworks for children with
developmental disabilities on the autism spectrum (A.S.D.).
Netzer serves the northern population of the country and is
managed by parents, public figures and professionals.
Our programs encompasses therapeutic preschool programs for
toddlers ages 1-3, treatment centers for children of kindergarten
age up until school age, as well as after-school therapeutic
leisure clubs for school-age children. Approximately 160 children,
of diverse backgrounds: Jewish, Arab, and Druze, are diagnosed
and treated each year.
Netzer Association’s goal is to offer diagnostic and treatment
services to every child in need, regardless of race, religion,
nationality or the financial situation of the parents.
The Netzer Association is partially funded by the Ministry of
Health and the Ministry of Welfare. Along with these funds the
parents pay a participation fee. The Municipalities have allocated
the buildings. In addition to these funds the Netzer Association
depends on donations to support the high cost of the specialized
treatments, as well as offering financial relief to families in
financial stress, and in order to expand, develop and improve the
services offered by the association.
The Milman Center
In 1992, the Netzer Association established the Boris Milman
Center in Haifa, with the generous support from the Milman
Family. The Center serves as a diagnostic, therapeutic and
advisory body for over one hundred children on the autism
spectrum (A.S.D), and their families. The Center is run by the
The Milman Center is the main public facility for children on the
autistic spectrum in Haifa and the northern part of Israel, and
is one of the largest treatment centers in the country. Since its
establishment, the Center has treated over 600 children.
The Center applies a unique therapeutic model whose principles
are based on integrative psycho- developmental work with the
children, taking into consideration the complex developmental
disorder of children with Autism, within the context of parent-child
relationships as well as interpersonal relationships. The program
includes working with the parents as partners in their child’s
treatment as well as counseling them through their difficulties,
indecisions, and methods of coping.
The multidisciplinary staff at the Milman Center represents
various disciplines: speech and language therapy, occupational
therapy, psychology, social work, expressive art therapy (art,
movement, and music), animal assisted therapy and special
The Milman Center operates on the basis of the following
principles (Based on the writing of Tsofiya Smooha, Clinical and
Developmental Psychologist, one of the founders of the Milman
• Raising a Child with Special Needs is Not a Project. It is a Way of Life
• The Parents are Active Participants at their Child’s Therapy.
• A child with autism ”speaks” a unique language
• A Child with Special Needs Should Also Experience and Experiment
with the Normal Developmental Milestones (As all Children)
• As Early an Intervention as Possible!
• Intensive and extensive developmental therapy
• Therapy by multi-disciplinary teams
• Therapy Based on Teamwork
• Cultivating a Sense of SELF
• Openness for Self Inspection and Constant Learning.
The Center is a unique treatment environment: It provides all
necessary services to the children and their parents under a
single roof. The atmosphere of the center is warm and accepting,
respectful of all its participants. For the older children, the Netzer
Association offers an after-school therapeutic youth club.
The Center is active in the community in order to strengthen
early diagnosis, and support the children who are treated at the
Center in their community environment. The Center is very active
in developing and supporting new programs such as special
kindergartens for children with A.S.D., or special mainstreaming
programs in the schools. The center also serves as a training
site for students from the University of Haifa, “Oranim” College,
Lesley University and other academic and research frameworks.
For more information about our programs and facilities please
contact the Milman Center: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Telefax 972-4-8325190, 972-4-8231560, 972-4-8227560,
34 Hativat Carmeli St. Haifa 32624, Israel