Seminar discusses Gozo services available for persons with disability

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Seminar discusses Gozo services available for people with disabilitiesThe Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability in Gozo, organised a seminar where the subject under discussion was – Gozo Services for Persons with Disability and their Families.

The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana addressed the conference and gave an explanation of the “earnest work of the Ministry in aid of disabled people.”

Dr Caruana said that over recent years, work in the field of disabilities has made huge progress, especially in Gozo, where a number of services have been introduced on the island.

These measures include one recently implemented by the Ministry for Gozo, where the focus is on inclusion and involvement of these persons working within the Ministry.

She also mentioned accessibility related projects – such as new pavements and the work on government buildings to make them more accessible; the project with PBS for the TV programme Ghawdex Illum to be subtitled; awareness campaigns and tool kits for students with autism; as well as financial assistance to several non-governmental organisations to carry out projects and new initiatives.

“While it will continue to bring dignity and accountability to these persons, the Ministry for Gozo is committed to supporting and providing reassurance, not only for parents, but also for the families of disabled people,” said Minister Caruana.

Also present for the seminar was the Parliamentary Secretary for Disability and Active Ageing Agius Decelis, who thanked those who had participated in the conference, as well as the disability sector.

He spoke about the importance of everyone working together for one purpose; so as to make a difference in the lives of disabled people and their families.

The Parliamentary Secretary remarked that nobody should feel marginalised in our society.

Agius Decelis said that this Government is “fully operational in the field of disability, such as the last budget, when there was an increase of € 4.5 million in the disability sector, bringing the total to € 20 million.”

“This means more community services for people with disabilities and their families, more residences in the community, and more training for workers,” said the Parliamentary Secretary.

Oliver Scicluna – Chairman of the National Commission Persons with Disability, also attended the seminar.

This seminar was organised in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo and the Secretariat for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing.

Photograph: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri

 

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