People with a disability who attend the day centre at the Aġenzija Sapport have begun doing physical exercises to continue feeling included in society. This was possible after the staff at the agency were trained by coaches who work with Special Olympics Malta.
Almost 250 members of staff at Aġenzija Sapport were given training in order to create physical exercise sessions for around 450 people who attend the centre.
The staff said that the training will help them to adapt to the needs of people with a disability. Peter Cutajar said, “people who are in a wheelchair can be helped to kick a football for example. We have also seen bowling which uses special tools to help a person focus to reach the target.”
Karen Caruana said, “for example, this is a large parachute and service users can use the movements of their hands to work the parachute.”
On his part, Eman Ellul said “this is very exciting for us. Obviously we can also integrate part of this in our daily programme at The Skills Space, in Sliema.”
The President of Special Olympics Malta, Lydia Abela, said that this is a clear example of how people with a disability can develop their talents.
“I have no doubt that this training will give us results for a better quality of life for these people.”
The Minister for Inclusion, Julia Farrugia Portelli, appealed to people with special needs not to allow their disability to prevent them from participating in sporting activities.
“This was a clear and direct example of how one can fuse inclusion with sports.”
The Parliamentary Secretary for Sport, Clifton Grima, said that physical exercise is an important link for people with a disability to continue developing their skills.