Mario Azzopardi – What have we learnt?
The Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) is launching an exciting new campaign on the lessons learnt from the pandemic in relation to the disability sector. Called ‘X’Tgħallimna mill-Pandemija?’, the campaign gleans the findings and recommendations from a number of reports commissioned by CRPD during or about the COVID-19 pandemic. The reports point out not only how persons with disability were affected by the pandemic itself but perhaps more so by the social and economic impact deriving from restrictive measures put in place to control its spread.
Told through the stories of seven persons with disability, the campaign aims to show that behind every public policy and every public measure, there are persons whose lives can be affected immeasurably, and how persons with a disability cannot be excluded or forgotten, when public decisions are taken.
FINDING: Another psychological impact that was registered throughout the restrictive measures was fear of losing employment.
RECOMMENDATION: Provide support to persons with disability who are afraid of losing their jobs due to the Covid economy.
You can read the following research reports below:
- Access to Formal Education by Persons with Disability During The Covid-19 Pandemic – Research Report
- The Impact of Covid-19 on Persons with Disability – Research Report
My name is Mario Azzopardi, I am a disabled person and I am 49 years old. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I was one of those people who lost their job. In the beginning, it was hard for me but I had to keep going. Eventually I started studying with the Faculty for Social Wellbeing at the University of Malta. It was a new experience for me but I was happy because I received good feedback from my family and friends. After two years without a job, finally I have a job as an office administrator.
I tried not to let the pandemic affect me mentally, I tried to keep going. Social media helped me a lot and my studies also helped me to keep going during the pandemic. Perhaps it did not affect me so much because I could plan out my own days.
One thing in life – I try to be positive every day.