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In search of community inclusion: young people with disabilities and relationships 

Webinar Series organised by the Commission for the Rights of Persons of Persons with Disability

Department of Disability Studies, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta

Opening Doors Association Malta


Webinar 2: Love, Connections and Relationships

23 March 2021

16.00 to 18.00 hours CET


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

3 December 2020, International Day of Persons with Disabilities

16.00 to 18.00 hours CET


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.