The Impact of Covid-19 on Persons with Disability
Call for interviewees - research project on employment and disability
Research project on Employment and Disability
Employers’ Guidelines – consultation process
CRPD has commissioned a research project on disability and employment as part of ESF 2.63 Project Knowledge, Training, Communications and Support Measures to Vulnerable Groups which is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union.
As part of this project, a set of Employers’ Guidelines have been drawn up which are currently open for consultation. Should you wish to submit any feedback, kindly email Allison Zammit on [email protected] by Friday 31 July end of day please.
The research study and the writing of these guidelines were commissioned to Ernst and Young Limited.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
CRPD has commissioned a research study on disabled people and employment. The research contractor is Ernst and Young (EY). This research study is part of an ESF co-funded project being run by the Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity and in which CRPD is a partner. The title of the Project is ‘Knowledge, Training, Communications and Support Measures in Support of Vulnerable Groups’.
The first part will seek to give a more holistic picture of the situation of employment of disabled persons in Malta including the number of disabled persons in employment, the number actively seeking employment, the work they carry out, their pay and conditions of work (such as whether in full-time or part-time employment etc), the number of disabled persons who are able to work but who are not actively seeking employment, reasons why disabled persons who can work are not seeking employment, the barriers disabled people face in their quest to access employment and the implications and consequences of these barriers.
This part of this research shall also involve 300 face-to-face interviews with disabled people who are currently employed, seeking employment as well as others who are not actively seeking employment. The samples shall include people with physical, intellectual, sensorial and mental health impairment, males and females, from different age groups, from Malta and Gozo (regions). A number of these interviews should be made with disabled persons who attend Adult Training Centres.
The second part of the research will look at employed disabled persons and study their situation at the place of work with the aim of highlighting any best practices. Therefore this research will study employed disabled persons, their respective job and the tasks associated with it as well as their employers (such as the type of entity), any reasonable accommodation that was required, any training required by the disabled person, management and fellow colleagues, and whether their employment started before or after the enforcement of the 2% quota. The sample shall include people with physical, intellectual, sensorial and mental health impairment, males and females, from different age groups from Malta and Gozo (by regions). Another 50 interviews as well as three focus groups will be carried out with employers. The interviews and focus groups should include a number of employers who employ disabled people in small, medium and large enterprises in Malta and in Gozo. The number of interviewees from small, medium and large enterprises and the number of whom operate in Malta and in Gozo will be decided between the Contractor and the Contracting Authority.
At the end, the contractor is expected to draw up guidelines targeted at assisting employers in identifying the support they might require in employing disabled persons. Addressing the prejudices and misconceptions of employers does not only help disabled persons find employment but also helps them in retaining employment especially when the disability is acquired after the person has been employed. The guidelines should be based upon the feedback gathered from the interviews with disabled persons and employers, as well as the focus groups with the employers and other stakeholders if necessary, and the literature review is carried out.
Call for interviewees – Research on the awareness of disability issues among professionals
The Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) has commissioned Outlook Coop to conduct research on the awareness of disability issues among professionals. This research forms part of the ESF 2.63 Project Knowledge, Training, Communications and Support Measures to Vulnerable Groups which is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union.
Disabled people are invited to contribute to this research by participating in an interview, which will take place online. Information given during the survey will not be retraceable to you.
If you are a disabled person and would like to express your interest in being interviewed, kindly contact Allison Zammit on [email protected] or 22267600.
From the very beginnings of its set up in 1987, the CRPD has been very productive mainly in setting standards and legislation for physical accessibility and for inclusive education. Following the Equal Opportunities Act (2000), “Most of the challenges encountered by people with disabilities are the areas of accessibility and education, but also in other areas such as employment, relationships and sexuality, and independent living” (CRPD, 2018, Submission to the Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities in advance of its consideration of Malta’s 1st periodic report). Indeed the CRPD annual report (2017) found that “The accessibility sector was the sector about which the Commission received the most new complaints throughout the year. In the provision of goods, facilities and services 85 new complaints were registered”.
This research is intended to address issues of discrimination against persons with disability in the provision of products and services. It should provide a means for enabling professionals to offer products and services that are planned and executed through a Universal Design approach that particularly ensures they are easily and equitably accessible for persons with disability. Among others, the study will seek:
• What kind of barriers for equitable access and use of products and services are experienced by persons with disability in Malta.
• What types of challenges are faced by professional practitioners in order to provide and offer products and services that are easily and equitably accessible to persons with disability, include what kind of training they feel they need to address these challenges. The evidence must include at least the perceptions of Engineers, Architects, IT specialists, Lawyers, Human Resource Managers, Managers in Hospitality and Tourism, medical and paramedical practitioners (GPs, Dentists, Nurses), and Social Workers in Malta. (The list may be modified according to the findings from the interviews with persons with disability).
• Obtaining evidence from the relevant programme coordinators (including those at UOM, MCAST, and ITS) on what type of training is currently offered in initial professional education programmes in Maltese higher education to enable the relevant professionals to address issues of equitable access to products and services by persons with disability.
If you would like more information about this study, you can contact Ms Allison Zammit on [email protected] or 22267600.
Call for interviewees - research on early intervention services
The Commission for Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) has commissioned research on early intervention services in Malta. This research study is part of project ESF 2.63 Knowledge, Training, Communications and Support Measures in Support of Vulnerable Groups, being run by the Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity and in which CRPD is a partner. The research contractor is Ernst and Young (EY).
Early intervention services are crucial for disabled persons as these services often serve to diagnose the condition of the person. Receiving proper and timely service enables disabled persons and their family members/primary care-givers in getting to know the diagnosis as early as possible. This is especially the case when dealing with babies and young children. Receiving an early diagnosis means that disabled people can request and access other services earlier on in life. The earlier one accesses services and support in relation to the disability, the more possibility there is to bring about positive learning outcomes.
According to the Centre on the Developing Child at the Harvard University and as other various research studies have shown, a child’s earlier experiences play a very critical role in brain development and that positive early experiences are cardinal for later success in education, employment and in the community (The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Centre, 2011).
This research project will include online interviews with professionals working in early intervention services as well as parents/legal guardians whose children (up to 6 years of age), make use of early intervention services.
All interviews will be carried out in confidentiality and neither CRPD nor other entities will be given information that could lead to the identification of any of the research participants. Anyone wishing to participate in this research should contact Dylan Felice on 9919 4577 or [email protected] Subsequently, you will be contacted by one of EY’s team of interviewers to set up an appointment at a time of your choice.
Policy guidelines on working with disabled persons with challenging behaviour (EN) and Compendium of services (EN) produced as part of the project ESF 3.105 Promoting the Social Inclusion of Disabled Persons with Challenging Behaviour
Executive Summary of the report entitled The Current Situation of Disabled Persons with Challenging Behaviour in Malta which was carried out as part of the project ESF 3.105 Promoting the Social Inclusion of Disabled Persons with Challenging Behaviour (MT/EN/Faċli-biex-taqra) (PDF)
Full Report The Current Situation of Disabled Persons with Challenging Behaviour in Malta which was carried out as part of the project ESF 3.105 Promoting the Social Inclusion of Disabled Persons with Challenging Behaviour (EN) (PDF)
Research on the Situation of Disabled Persons in Malta - March 2014
Presentations on the preliminary results of the Research on the situation of disabled persons in Malta
Statistics on persons with disability from the 2011 Census
KNPD will be publishing a report on these statistics in due course
Statistics on Impairment Groups (excel)
KNPD Study of Census 2005
Major Concerns Disability Research
Research on Disabling Barriers
Overcoming Disabling Barriers: Disability and Attitudes to Disability Within the Maltese Context; an Insider’s Perspective (link)
MOBA VIP Report
Academic Network of European Disability Experts
Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED)
Research on Disabling Barriers
Eurobarometer 345 on Accessibility (EN)
European Parliament report on Member States' Policies on Children with Disabilities
Systematic Review of the Masters' Dissertations
Systematic Review of the Masters’ Dissertations by Dr. Lara Bezzina