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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Here I go ... (Part 2)

Last time, I was discussing how disheartening it was to learn that disabled people in Malta are still unequal in society when it comes to education, employment or living conditions according to National Census figures for 2005...

I feel that apart from the disabling barriers that disabled people face, I cannot fail to mention the effects of our recent history. Although inclusive education has started in Malta as far back as 1994, many disabled people were denied a proper education. Consequently, when disabled people of my generation search for a job, they usually have little education or experience and they are given a polite refusal. It's catch-22...

And besides this, workplaces may be inaccessible to disabled people in the first place or employers are reluctant to have a disabled employee. But that's not always their whole fault. After all, the way we are depicted - as helpless or dependent doesn't help us in the least when we search for jobs... And yes, the fact that we are virtually invisible in society only helps the myths to grow till some disabled people may actually start believing that hey cannot do anything...

You may rightly ask me: but you made it, didn't you? Ah, but you're ignoring the fact that I had the support of family and friends plus I found teachers and people in my life who challenged me. Without all of this support, I would probably be doing something very different and believing that my inability to get a job is because of my impairments... And believe me that is the greatest tragic lie you can believe if you are disabled. Been there…

Finally, I am not sure whether I'll be able to write much or at all in the coming week. That's because I'll be flying to Leeds for my graduation! At long last, on Thursday 10th July I'll officially be awarded my MA in Disability Studies. My parents who thought this would be a good opportunity for a long holiday decided that we should spend two weeks rather than the one I planned would be enough.

I'll try NOT to think of the accumulating workload that'll be waiting for me at the office when I get back. But there's still a week to kill I guess…

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