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Title: Employment as a declaration of dignity
Authors: Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Handikappati
Ghaqda ghall-Genituri ta' Tfal Handikappati
Department of Health. Health Education Unit
Authors: Cannataci, Richard
Keywords: People with disabilities -- Employment -- Malta
Dignity -- Social aspects
Issue Date: 1989
Publisher: Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Handikappati
Citation: Cannataci, R. (1989). Employment as a declaration of dignity. Lejn il-futur: prinċipji u policies għall-persuni ħandikappati u l-familji tagħhom - Proceedings of a National Seminar, University of Malta (pp. 99-102). Malta: Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Handikappati.
Abstract: Going back to the past before the last war, in the beginning of the Thirties, the sight of someone begging at City Gate, or in the tunnel of Marsamxett before reaching the ferries, was arguably part of the landscape. In the same times, on the bus headed for Sliema, a blind man with a violin, accompanied by a girl, used to get on board and play some popular music, and then the girl would go round to smilingly accept their donations. That man wanted to live with dignity. He gave a service, and for that service he was paid. This man was part of the environment in which I lived. That completely blind man supported his family , made the passengers happy during a part of the voyage, and used to earn sufficiently enough. In today's terminology he was 'self-employed' - having no employer, and of course in those times he paid neither the income-tax nor the national insurance. His mind was at rest, all that he earned was for himself and his family.
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