I chose to work on this particular assignment as thismirrored 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 approacheddisability both from the medical and social model since I worked for 15 yearswithin an NGO, mainly working in the Early Intervention programs. This broughtme in contact with the parents and families of disabled babies and youngchildren and with the myriad of problems they are faced every single day intheir lives.
Besides the acceptance and psychological problems it brings withit, they are also faced with a lack of support and advice and find hurdles inwhat should be the straightforward bringing up of their children, from findinga suitable parking, or place of entertainment which is physically accessible tothem to the whole array of services they have to take them to and ultimately tofinding a school that is really inclusive and caters for their individualneeds. As they grow up, the disruption on normal family life may take its tollon relationships between the parents and also the siblings. This for me was acause of concern that grew with time as I realised that even though with thebest of intentions, the very same organizations that are there to make disabledpeople and their families’ live easier was in fact oppressing them Throughout history, people with disabilities have sufferedoppression.
There are certainsituations that are so inherently unjust that they constitute wrongs or even”oppression” irrespective of whether a duty is currently recognizedin the law Banja, 2001). In the disability context, the unjustifiablesterilization 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 insqualid conditions worse then animals.Even though wellmeaning, the case of using poster children to garn sympathy and, in turn,donations for charity can be seen as oppressive.
Locally, television marathonsaround Christmas time, with their mantra of ‘ kif tista ma cempilx,’are a clearexample.