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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 Malta


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.