I do what I do every day because, together, I believe that we can make a difference in the lives of a number of people.
I am Kurt Castillo and I have been working at Inspire for five years. I am a speech and language pathologist by profession and autism has always been one of my areas of interest.
I gained my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Therapy at the University of Malta in 2002 and have worked as a speech and language pathologist ever since then.
In 2011 I moved into my first management role and for the next three years, I managed four childcare centres operated by the Foundation for Educational Services. During this time I was also fortunate enough to be able to work as a trainer in a number of EU funded projects in various countries across Europe.
Towards the end of 2014, I joined Inspire – The Foundation for Inclusion as Complementary and Therapeutic Services & Activities Manager. I now manage the School Outreach Programme which supports learners as well as their Learning Support Educators, who come to our premises twice a week, to function better in a mainstream school environment. I also manage the new Learning in Context Day School Programme which is about to be launched in the coming days. This is a programme specifically designed around the needs of the children who will be attending on a daily basis.
Some activities taking place in both of these programmes include therapeutic horseback riding, multi-sensory therapy, therapeutic and creative arts, hydrotherapy, functional academic skills as well as independent living skills to mention a few.
Outside of my work at Inspire I think it is fair to say that I have a real passion for creative arts and I have been involved in Malta’s TV and theatre scene for the past 18 years. After studying Speech & Drama in the Performing Arts with Trinity College, I have enjoyed delivering theatre workshops here in Malta and abroad.
To sum up, I do what I do every day because, together, I believe that we can make a difference in the lives of a number of people. Every little step they take is an achievement and at the end of the day I feel that I am proud of myself because through my work, and through the work of my team, we would have contributed to some of these achievements.