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Discrimination on the grounds of Physical Disability

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Kirsten Baldacchino

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Transcript of Discrimination on the grounds of Physical Disability

What defines physical disability?
PERCEPTIONS

spina bifida
muscular
dystrophy
osteogenesis
imperfecta
paraplegia
poliomyelitis
arthritis
cerebral palsy
multiple sclerosis
hearing
impairment
AFFIRMATIVE MODEL of DISABILITY
SOCIAL MODEL
of DISABILITY
'it is not individual limitations, of whatever kind, which are the cause of the problem, but society's failure to provide appropriate services and adequately ensure the needs of persons with disability are fully taken into account in its social organisation.' (Oliver, 1996)
to promote positive discourse on disability by moving away from the notion that disability is a 'personal tragedy' (Swain & French, 2000)

an impairment should be viewed as an 'ordinary characteristic' of human experience rather than as an 'extraordinary characteristic' (Cameron, 2003)
Recruitment
MEDICAL MODEL
of DISABILITY
views disability in terms of medical knowledge

the disability becomes a personal tragedy for the individual. The medical approach established impairment as an individual deficiency which needs to be cured.
What
is
being
done
committed to enhancing the quality of life for persons with disability through innovative personalised support, expertise and advocacy
to execute their right to fully participate in community life and all aspects of society
aims to find suitable jobs for persons with disability in the private sector
work that can be done under supervision aka sheltered work
ETC Sheltered & Supported Employment:

promotes an inclusive labour market by encouraging
EMPLOYERS
through specific support services in the recruitment and in the retention of employment of persons with disabilities
aims to build a structure which would enable such individuals to be identified amongst society.

reinforced efforts of integration within society and serve as opportunities for these groups which benefit from work experience complimented by the necessary guidance and social mentoring support.
focus is to improve inclusion
and empower people with
disability to make their
own decisions, live lives
that are as
independent as
possible and reach
their full potential.


actively campaign for issues that are important for the disability sector including areas such as education, employment, independent living & direct payments
30%

not employed by employers
40%
dismissed under false pretence
35%
- SMEs
39%
- large firms
health and safety concerns over employing disabled persons
16%
- SMEs
20%
- large firms
refused to hire 'such' people
10%
- SMEs
33%
- large firms
dismissed on ground of health & safety
The Political Aspect
Dr. Lawrence Gonzi
Dr. Justyne Caruana
'the main challenge was to change the way we look at persons with disability'
'several initiatives are being taken to encourage persons with disability to enter the labour market'
'during the last two years, 117 persons found employment'
KNPD
is committed to rendering Maltese society an inclusive one, in a way that persons with disability reach their full potential in all aspects of life, enjoying a high quality of life thanks to equal opportunities.
not sure
no
depends on disability
hurt
themselves
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Mr. Clifford Portelli
guest speaker
University of Malta
Centre for Labour Studies
Equality at the Place of Work
CLS 1102
Presented By:
Kirsten Baldacchino
Deborah Borg
Romina Briffa
Gabie Calamatta
Philip Vella
Tackling Discrimination on the Grounds of Physical Disability
This Ability...
Noel Aquilina
good practice
reasonable adjustment
suitable recruitment
protocol
encourage employee training
awareness
modifications
The Different
Models of Disability
Disabled by Prejudice, Ballard, 2003)
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