I chose to work on this particular assignment as this
mirrored my views when looking back at my career as a physiotherapist and LSA,
over the past 25 years. Due to the nature of my work, I have always approached
disability both from the medical and social model since I worked for 15 years
within an NGO, mainly working in the Early Intervention programs. This brought
me in contact with the parents and families of disabled babies and young
children and with the myriad of problems they are faced every single day in
their lives. Besides the acceptance and psychological problems it brings with
it, they are also faced with a lack of support and advice and find hurdles in
what should be the straightforward bringing up of their children, from finding
a suitable parking, or place of entertainment which is physically accessible to
them to the whole array of services they have to take them to and ultimately to
finding a school that is really inclusive and caters for their individual
needs. As they grow up, the disruption on normal family life may take its toll
on relationships between the parents and also the siblings. This for me was a
cause of concern that grew with time as I realised that even though with the
best of intentions, the very same organizations that are there to make disabled
people and their families’ live easier was in fact oppressing them


Throughout history, people with disabilities have suffered
oppression. There are certain
situations that are so inherently unjust that they constitute wrongs or even
“oppression” irrespective of whether a duty is currently recognized
in the law Banja, 2001). In the disability context, the unjustifiable
sterilization of people with disabilities against their wills, as the U.S.
Supreme Court allowed in Buck v. Bell (1927), would also satisfy this criterion.
(Batavia, 2002). This is the case even in Malta, were not so long ago,
disabled people were kept hidden away from the public eye, sometimes living in
squalid conditions worse then animals.

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Even though well
meaning, the case of using poster children to garn sympathy and, in turn,
donations for charity can be seen as oppressive. Locally, television marathons
around Christmas time, with their mantra of ‘ kif tista ma cempilx,’are a clear

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