The Malta Independent 16 January 2019, Wednesday

'We should not be pitied, our disability does not define us' - commission chairman

Monday, 25 May 2015, 13:17 Last update: about 5 years ago

The National Commission Persons with Disability (KNPD) has launched the campaign ‘Here We Are’ with the aim of promoting equality and change society’s perception of disabled people as being vulnerable and helpless.

“Inevitably, persons with disability face challenges. However, we are not a pity case. We are not different from the norm; we have control over our lives. Our disability does not define us, we are more than that,” KNPD Chairman Oliver Scicluna said, addressing the launch at the President’s Palace.

Christian Camilleri said that a shift in society’s perception of persons with disability will allow a shift in equality measures and policy making.

President Marie-Louise Coleiro said that all individuals should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. “Let us talk of dignity and not charity,” she said. “Let us allow our beliefs to turn into action and create a Malta that is inclusive for all,” she said.  The President said that employers should open their doors to persons with disability, adding that five persons with disability currently work within the President’s Office.

The educational campaign will be launched on social media today.

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