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Webinar 3: Parenting with Disability

Date: 22 June 2021      Time: 16.00 to 18.00 CET

Webinar’s Programme – 22nd June 2021

Poster of webinar 3 - Parenting with Disability - women (wheelchair user) holding a child - 22nd June 2021 from 4-6pm

 

 

In the search for community inclusion: young people with disabilities and relationships

A series of webinars organized by the Commission on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Department of Disability Studies, Faculty for the Strengthening of Society, University of Malta

Opening Doors Malta

 

 

People with disabilities are considered to exist outside the boundaries of reproduction and one of their biggest challenges is to overcome the fact that society does not recognize them as potential parents and that they can have a functional family.

Parents with disabilities are often considered to offer a ‘not good enough’ type of parenting, which does not meet the ideal parenting parameters. Health and care professionals, as well as the family court system, are known to operate from a deficit model of disability. As a result, cases are often reported where children are taken from parents with disabilities because they are considered unfit, sometimes with legal proceedings starting before birth.

However, the experiences of parents with disabilities have not been examined and are not well served by boarder policies and assistance targeted to families and parents. Listening to the voices of parents with disabilities exposes gaps in policies and practices that ignore them and impact their parenting experiences and offer an important perspective to traditional interpretations of parenting with disabilities. This webinar aims to shed light on the experiences of parents with disabilities, from several groups and contexts of disability, to understand the social challenges and the necessary support for parents with disabilities. This is the last webinar in the series of webinars organized by the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Department of Disability Studies, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta, and Opening Doors Malta.

 

Webinar 2: Love, Connections and Relationships

Date: 23 March 2021      Time: 16.00 to 18.00 hours CET

Webinar’s Programme – 23rd March 2021

Poster of Webinar 2: Love, Connections and Relationships, 23rd March at 4pm, including picture of people socialising

 

 

In the search for community inclusion: young people with disabilities and relationships

A series of webinars organized by the Commission on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Department of Disability Studies, Faculty for the Strengthening of Society, University of Malta

Opening Doors Malta

 

 

 

Following a successful webinar on the friendships of young people with disability, held on the 3rd December International Day of Persons with Disability, the focus of the webinar held on the 23rd March was on intimate relationships of persons with disability.

Sexuality is an integral part of the human experience and intimate relationships are known to contribute to the individual’s well-being and quality of life. However, persons with disability are often seen as asexual and their sexual needs are considerably affected by those around them, in a way that often reduces their possibilities to explore and express their sexuality. The idea of persons with disability engaging in intimate relationships, especially same-sex relationships, is still a met with concern and reluctance by non-disabled persons.

Further details about the last webinar in this series, planned for June, will be available later.

 

 

Webinar 1: The Friendships of Young People with Disabilities

Date: 3 December 2020     Time: 16.00 to 18.00 hours CET

Poster of Webinar 1 - The friendships of Young People with Disabilities

 

 

In the search for community inclusion: young people with disabilities and relationships

A series of webinars organized by the Commission on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Department of Disability Studies, Faculty for the Strengthening of Society, University of Malta

Opening Doors Malta

 

 

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

This webinar series considers the importance for young people with disabilities to foster different types of relationships as a way of achieving community inclusion. The focus is on youth since this is the phase in life when establishing lasting connections with people outside the family – by fostering friendships and other kind of relationships – is particularly important.

Founding friendships is an important – but often overlooked – way of ensuring that people with disabilities participate in their communities on an equal basis with others. In the first in four webinars, we discuss the friendships of young people with disabilities, what opportunities they have to make friends and to nurture relationships with their friends, and what factors act as barriers to friendship.

Further details about the other webinars will be available later.