Free training offered in Gozo for Maltese sign language
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The Parliamentary Secretariat for Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Active Ageing has reached an agreement with the Gozo Association for the Deaf to provide free training in Maltese sign language. The first courses will start on Saturday at the premises of the Gozo Association for the Deaf.
Parliamentary Secretary Justyne Caruana said that this agreement will continue to meet the objective of the National Policy on the Rights of Persons with Disability, adopted by the Government. Dr Caruana added that there should be incentives to train more disabled people in the techniques of communication, such as sign language and Braille.
"This agreement will achieve another objective, that people with disabilities living in Gozo should have the same opportunities as those living in Malta," Dr Caruana said.
She added that this testifies to the Government's commitment to the deaf, as it was this Government that submitted a Bill to officially recognise the Maltese sign language.
The Government will also eventually introduce the service of interpretors through Agenzija Sapport, Dr Caruana said.