Inclusion on Campus

With the creation of the newly set-up Health and Wellness Centre, a concerted effort towards providing a comprehensive and inclusive service for all students and members of staff has been adopted by several key offices within University.

These sessions are being offered in order to accommodate for the increasing demands of ACCESS arrangements for students and to cater for the needs of persons with disability at the workplace. Furthermore these sessions will serve as information sessions for members of staff to ensure that they are aware of the services and current set-up that are being offered by the ACCESS Disability Support Unit and the Health and Wellness Centre


ACCESS - Disability Support Unit and Committee

Trainer: Ms Marchita Mangiafico – Administration Specialist - ACCESS - Disability Support Unit
Target Audience: Academic and administrative staff, especially those working in direct contact with students and staff.

Duration of session: 2 hours 

The ACCESS - Disability Support Unit (ADSU) is the operational centre for support to students and staff/visitors with disability.  Ms Marchita Mangiafico, the coordinator of the ADSU, is the referral point for all requests for access arrangements and has the following roles:  

  • To receive requests for access arrangements and forward them to the ACCESS - Disability Support Committee (ADSC); 
  • To liaise with the ADSC regarding any requests for access arrangements;
  • To coordinate the necessary resources for the implementation of the decisions made by the ADSC;
  • To liaise with academic, administrative and technical staff about matters related to disability issues.

The session will provide information about:

Disability Equality Training

Trainer: Mr Christian Camilleri - Assistant Manager - Equal Opportunities Compliance Unit - Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability
Target Audience: Academic and administrative staff, especially those working in direct contact with students and staff.

Duration of session: 2 hours 

  • Introduction to the models of Disability (Medical Model and Social Model of Disability)
  • A short overview of the existing legislation and the UNCRPD.
  • Disability Etiquette (people with physical, visual, mental, intellectual, hearing impairment)

These training sessions are being organised by the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD). This training will include guidelines about meeting and communicating persons with disability, how to conduct oneself with persons with different impairments and a brief overview of the Equal Opportunities Act and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD). 

The training sessions are delivered by staff members of CRPD who are persons with disability. During the session, some clips are also shown on Disability Etiquette and to dos and don'ts when interacting with persons with disability. There will also be some time dedicated to questions that the participants may wish to ask.

The aims of the training session are threefold: 

  • the theoretical aspect: to give participants a theoretical introduction to key issues related to disability;
  • the experiential aspect: to provide participants with opportunities to meet disabled individuals and their relatives, to listen to their experiences sympathetically, but critically;
  • the attitudinal aspect: to enable participants to confront some of the root causes of fear and prejudice which individuals and society have for disabled persons and ultimately to develop a personal understanding and a positive image of disabled persons as equal and valuable members of society. 
By the end of the session participants will understand how disabling barriers constructed by society erode the quality of life of disabled persons. Disabling barriers can be physical or attitudinal created by different sectors of society.