EVVIVA ini­tia­tive for the dis­abled launched

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The EVVIVA ini­tia­tive was launched at an event in the Mosta Civic Cen­tre which seeks to cre­ate a new vi­sion for the dis­abled by bring­ing to­gether sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Am­putees for Am­putees, Break­ing lim­its, Malta Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion, Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis So­ci­ety, Deaf As­so­ci­a­tion Malta, Gozo Aid for the Vis­ually-im­paired, and To­gether We Ar­rive Group (Malta). This merger was given the name EVIVA – Equal, Valid, Vis­i­ble, In­clu­sive, Vo­cal and Ac­ces­si­ble.

The pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion Michael De­bat­tista ex­plained that the groups were stronger to­gether and through this com­mu­nity they would be able to have a stronger voice to pro­mote the rights of dis­abled peo­ple and over­come bar­ri­ers.

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Justyne Caru­ana thanked the EVVIVA lead­ers and praised the ini­tia­tive as a liv­ing re­flec­tion of the national pol­icy.

Dr Caru­ana stressed the im­por­tance of or­ga­ni­za­tions sub­mit­ting pro­pos­als to the government to ad­dress the needs and dif­fi­cul­ties for th­ese peo­ple.

Robert Cutajar and Prof. Arnold Cas­sola also ad­dressed the meet­ing. The Com­mis­sioner for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties, Oliver Sci­cluna at­tended the event.

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