Guidance & Support
The Commission for the Rights of Persons with a Disability (CRPD) is the national regulatory body for disability in Malta and Gozo. Its main role is to safeguard the rights and obligations of disabled people; this includes raising awareness on issues surrounding disability.
Our mission is to be the voice of disabled people on all levels of society: accessibility, education, employment and all other aspects of life.
Society has come a long way from the days when disability was viewed as taboo. Nowadays disabled people are not satisfied by basic rights: they want to succeed in education, get a job and have a fulfilling career, live independently, build a family, enjoy life and be autonomous.
Partly this is due to the various governments who have put in place several laws and policies, such as the Equal Opportunities Act and the National Policy for the Rights of Persons with Disability.
Malta ratified and signed the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) on 12 November 2012.
But it is also disabled people’s increased expectations that have provided impetus for change. Our role is to ensure that more and more disabled people are granted equal opportunities to live the life they would like to lead.
Services and schemes for the disability sector are provided by Aġenzija Sapport.
If you or your child was born with a disability or have been newly-diagnosed, we suggest that you get in touch with the NGOs or Associations relating to you or your child’s condition. These are available on the Useful Links page. There you will meet persons who share your same or a similar condition and who will be able to offer specific support and guidance.
If you feel that you have been discriminated against on the basis of your disability, the Commission can help out in two ways: by investigating the complaints filed with its investigations team and by providing guidance and advice to persons who request it.
The Commission’s helpdesk also provides general support to persons requesting information on the disability sector.
You can also subscribe to our mailing list and follow our social media pages to stay in touch with the latest news on the disability sector in Malta.
Refer to the Publications page to see CRPD’s publications