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India’s SJE opens 14 disability early intervention centres

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India’s Union Social Justice and Empowerment (SJE) Ministry on Thursday launched 14 cross-disability early intervention centres to provide support to infants and children with disabilities.

Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot inaugurated the centres that are located at seven national institutes and seven composite regional centres of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

“Research studies suggest that early childhood [0-6 years] is a time of remarkable brain development… Early intervention can provide specialised support and services for infants and young children at-risk or with disability and/or developmental delay and for their families to help them in their overall development, well-being and participation in family and community life,” according to the press release.

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities said all its 21 composite regional centres would have early intervention centres.

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