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Call for interviewees - research on early intervention services - Closed

The Commission for Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) has commissioned research on early intervention services in Malta. This research study is part of project ESF 2.63 Knowledge, Training, Communications and Support Measures in Support of Vulnerable Groups, being run by the Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity and in which CRPD is a partner. The research contractor is Ernst and Young (EY).

Early intervention services are crucial for disabled persons as these services often serve to diagnose the condition of the person. Receiving proper and timely service enables disabled persons and their family members/primary care-givers in getting to know the diagnosis as early as possible. This is especially the case when dealing with babies and young children. Receiving an early diagnosis means that disabled people can request and access other services earlier on in life. The earlier one accesses services and support in relation to the disability, the more possibility there is to bring about positive learning outcomes.

According to the Centre on the Developing Child at the Harvard University and as other various research studies have shown, a child’s earlier experiences play a very critical role in brain development and that positive early experiences are cardinal for later success in education, employment and in the community (The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Centre, 2011).

This research project will include online interviews with professionals working in early intervention services as well as parents/legal guardians whose children (up to 6 years of age), make use of early intervention services.

All interviews will be carried out in confidentiality and neither CRPD nor other entities will be given information that could lead to the identification of any of the research participants. Anyone wishing to participate in this research should contact Dylan Felice on 9919 4577 or [email protected] Subsequently, you will be contacted by one of EY’s team of interviewers to set up an appointment at a time of your choice.