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A Study on the Reality of Early Intervention Services and Programs in the Kingdom


On Wednesday and in cooperation with the Bana Center for Consultancy, Research and Training, the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities launched a study on the reality of early intervention services and programs in the Kingdom for the age groups of 2 to 5.


The study aims to examine the reality of institutions that offer services to persons with disabilities in order to develop procedural criteria for early intervention programs. It will also improve their quality and improve the level of services through bases and reference systems regulating the work of these institutions and programs because of their importance in empowering children.

The study employed the methodology of conducting comprehensive surveys of all centers that offer services and programs for persons with disabilities in the various governorates of the Kingdom. The study criteria were applied in two parts: the first is related to the nature of the services provided by the centers in addition to the qualifications of their employees and the features of their buildings and equipment. The second one is based on evaluation indicators of early intervention centers.


The study recommends focusing attention on centers that work on early intervention programs through the administrative and technical development of their staff. It also highlights the importance of providing documentation and archiving in electronic databases, laying the foundations to launch follow-up systems among the various institutions that participate in its services. This is in addition to performing periodic evaluations on the reality of these centers within the criteria set for the purpose of assessing this reality.


The Secretary General of the Council, Dr. Muhannad Al-Azzeh said that the launch of this study comes within the framework of the efforts the Council expends to improve the status of services provided to persons with disabilities following the enactment of the law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of 2017. It includes detailed information on the features of early intervention centers and those working in them, and the evaluation of early intervention programs in the kingdom.


The launching ceremony included a presentation on the study and criteria for early intervention programs in addition to handing a copy of these criteria to the Ministry of Social Development.


It is noteworthy that the Council organized a specialized training program on a set of tests to diagnose intelligence and adaptive behavior for the staff working in the ministries of Health and Social Development and the Hussein and Hittin Centers that diagnose disabilities.