Early Childhood Intervention

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Early Childhood Intervention encompasses various support measures concerning children with disabilities from very young age to the start of formal education. Nominations shall be family and/or personal centred practices or policies.

Early Childhood Intervention is not mentioned by this term in the UN CRPD but Articles 7, 23 and 26 relate to families and children with disabilities.

A mentally or physically disabled child should enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitate the child's active participation in the community.

Moreover, State Parties shall ensure that children with disabilities "have effective access to and receive education, training, health care services, rehabilitation services, preparation for employment and recreation opportunities in a manner conducive to the child's achieving the fullest possible social integration and individual development."

A recent report by UNICEF estimates that only 50 per cent of all countries can provide reliable data on the subject. Children with disabilities receive less support and supervision than their nondisabled peers (Source: UNICEF Report on Early Childhood 2022).

Nominations shall not contain:

  • Sole focus on health and medical treatments
  • Interventions aimed outside the age range 0-6 years old (We define early childhood intervention from the age after birth to the begin of formal education, usually at 6 years of age)
  • Pre-natal practices aimed at persons with disabilities

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