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Providing Support for Children with Disabilities

A disability is either congenital or develops throughout life, for example as a result of an accident. Focussing on the child's existing abilities rather than limitations has a positive effect. 

Below you will find an overview of important contact points and information:

Due to the disability, your child may need support in one or more areas of daily life. This also depends on whether your child has physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments. With the right support and environment, children with disabilities can live lives that are just as fulfilling as any other child. It is important that you emphasise your child's abilities and encourage their talents. However, everyday life can be very challenging and stressful.

What kind of support is available?

Various support services are available to you in stressful situations.

With very young children, it is often not yet known how severe the disability is. This will depend on further development. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial. It is therefore important to provide your child with targeted support at an early age. With early support, development can usually have a positive impact and quality of life can improve:

Early intervention supports your child's development: information on early intervention

From birth to your child's fourth birthday, for example, there is family support from the Early Intervention Family Support Team.

You can find specific support services and contact information in your federal state in the brochures 'Special challenges? – Special support' from  the Federal Chancellery.

If your child has a disability, you have the right to social, legal and financial support:

The Federal Chancellery provides information on education and care for children with disabilities:

Other useful links and addresses: