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]rg.mt 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.