Watch: Most reports are related to lack of access – CRPD Commissioner

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) Oliver Scicluna said that the highest number of reports that his office receives are related to lack of access.

Scicluna said this during an interview with

The Commissioner had previously discussed with on the problems encountered by persons with disability. He had also mentioned how infrastructural developments are creating further physical as well as psychological hindrance.

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He was also asked why the Ombudsman report did not refer to specific cases in relation to persons with disability. He said that the Ombudsman is obliged to investigate certain cases; however the Commission goes beyond that as it has the power to sue the discriminatory party under the articles of the Law for Equal Opportunities.

He also mentioned that many also report on the lack of access for education, and that the Commission issues yearly reports laden with statistics and information. Scicluna added that unfortunately reports are on the increase every year.

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According to the CRPD Annual Report up until 2017 there were 18,260 persons registered as disabled in Malta. The majority, which amounts to 13,813 individuals, have a physical disability.