A different sort of day

Not All Disabilities Are Visible - WHO

PM-and-NPG

Il-Prim Ministru Robert Abela stieden lil Naomi Pace Gasan biex tattendi miegħu għas-seduta parlamentari tal-lum. Fl-intervent tiegħu, lejlet il-Jum Internazzjonali għall-Persuni b’Diżabbiltà, Dr Abela saħaq li l-Gvern se jkompli jaħdem biex aktar persuni b’diżabbiltà jidħlu fid-dinja tax-xogħol.

Posted by MaltaGov on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

For Naomi Pace Gasan, yesterday was a day slightly different from her usual days. She had the possibility to shadow the Prime Minister throughout his workday even attending parliament on the eve of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Naomi too is slightly different. She is a bright young woman with Down’s Syndrome who sees a future for herself in the job market. Naomi is a student completing her studies and participating in Erasmus projects. Very active by nature, Naomi is a  member of the Malta Down Syndrome Society.

When she interviewed the Prime Minster,  Abela declared, ‘I not only hope you find a job, I want you to find a job.’ Abela also re-affirmed his commitment to creating opportunities for all.

Illum kienet ġurnata speċjali għalija għaliex tgħallimt ħafna mill-esperjenza sabiħa li kelli ma’ Naomi Pace…

Posted by Robert Abela on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Expressing his satisfaction at being able to share his day with Naomi, Prime Minister Abela said that  spending with the young woman gave him better understanding of the potential of persons with disabilities. According to a comment by Prime Minister Abela during a local breakfast radio show, he had a hard task to convince her that politics is nice since she admitted to him that she’s not that keen on the subject.

WHO’s 2020 theme for the International day for persons with Disability is ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ and is focusing  awareness and understanding on disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, among others.