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Journal article

How we like to live when we have the chance

Authors:
DEGUARA Marthese, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 40(2), June 2012, pp.123-127.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This article explores the views of people with learning disabilities on how they would like to live. It was written by a group called the Consultative Committee of Persons with Intellectual Disability, based in Malta, set up in 2007, to favour the rights of people with such disabilities. The article examines two aspects: ‘where we would like to live’ and ‘going out in the community’. It highlights the different opinions of people with intellectual disability about these subjects, and suggests that the fact that different people have different opinions illustrates why it is important that service providers ascertain the views of the group. The article concludes by noting that people with learning disabilities need help in their lives and more accessibility so that they can do what we would like to do.

Journal article

The unexplored sexuality of people with learning disabilities in Malta: realities and possibilities

Author:
AZZOPARDI Claire
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 12(1), December 2011, pp.24-28.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

A sexually developing person with learning disabilities must be supported in order to learn social etiquette with the aim of establishing friendships and forming relationships. This paper describes how the societal attitudes of Maltese people towards the sexuality of people with learning disabilities is affecting their desire to live independent, fulfilled lives. The paper presents results from a small qualitative study, using verbal reports and semi-structured interviews, designed to allow participants to talk about issues they felt were most important to them. Participants reported experiencing negative attitudes towards them when out in the community. Inaccessible social and entertainment venues were reported to hinder the social opportunities available. Local transport for wheelchair users was reported to be limited. The paper concludes that services need to promote an inclusive society, backed up by policies to promote equal opportunities, in order that the general Maltese public are more tolerant towards people with learning and physical disabilities.

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