Gozo Association for the Deaf celebrates its 30th anniversary
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The Gozo Association for the Deaf has marked its thirtieth anniversary with an event at the Ministry for Gozo, attended by Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana.
Dr Caruana said that the Government remains committed to create a just society. This is why it supports voluntary organisations and helps them along the way towards building a fair society that includes everyone.
The Gozo Association for the Deaf has over the years been working to create public awareness. Minister Caruana pointed out that the Association was among the protagonists in shaping important law to recognise Maltese sign language.
“It was also necessary to have more sign language interpreters, so we embarked on customised courses on various levels, including those held for the first time in Gozo in collaboration with the Gozo Association for the Deaf,” said the Minister.Dr Caruana pointed out that although great strides have been made, there is still inaccessibility or even discrimination in various places.
“There are work environments, entertainment venues, theatres and other areas of culture, as well as lecture rooms at the University of Gozo Campus, and other areas not yet sufficiently equipped and requiring more investment,” said the Minister.
She added that, “the Government – including the Ministry for Gozo – is committed to guaranteeing the rights of all persons with disabilities not least deaf people.
“The dedication of voluntary organisations like the Gozo Association for Deaf continues to inspire and encourage the Ministry for Gozo to work together so that Gozitan society is fair and inclusive,” stated Minister Caruana.
Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri