AbstractTitle: Cooperation between early intervention programs and families with children with disabilitiesAuthor: Katrin AlmerFirst, some general concepts are introduced, such as different definitions of early intervention, what its objectives are, which target groups it is aimed at and which principles it follows. The work outlines content-related issues as well as the legal framework for the use of early intervention. Furthermore, life-oriented social work in early intervention programs is covered in detail. The following part focuses on families with children with disabilities. The model of family adaptation to disability and chronic illness is presented. As well as that, it describes changes in family circumstances which can result from disability. The last part deals with the cooperation between early intervention programs and families with children with disabilities. It illustrates the fundamentals of three different models concerning the parent?s role in early intervention. Subsequently, it describes the roles and tasks of early intervention specialists when working with supported families. In the empirical part the results of the ten qualitative interviews which have been carried out with early intervention specialists and mothers are presented. The results are discussed according to different categories. Finally, the outcomes are interpreted and presented as well as the research questions answered. One the one hand, the results point to a life-oriented work in early intervention programs, on the other hand, the need for action and change is still slightly visible. Regarding generalisability it has to be critically noted that the results are not generally applicable to early intervention centers and families making use of early intervention. In addition, one has to take into account that the investigation was based on a small sample which limits the reliability of the results and makes them more difficult to interpret.