EVVIVA initiative for the disabled launched
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.