Maltese Church Introduces Inclusion Guidelines
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 6, 2006
VALLETTA, MALTA--The Catholic Church of Malta has published specific guidelines on how to make the physical, social and spiritual life of the Church more accessible to people with disabilities and their families -- from birth through death.
The 50-page, 8-chapter guide, entitled "Towards a more inclusive Church: The participation of persons with a disability in the life and mission of the Church", was produced by the Church after extensive meetings with the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, Agenzija Sapport, and a number of other non-governmental disability organizations, according to several Maltese news sources.
The document, which was introduced Wednesday by Father Martin Micallef, reportedly addresses such things as building ramps at churches and residential programs, encouraging blind people to read from Braille scripts during the Mass, helping deaf people to confess in sign language, and supporting parents whose newborns may experience disabilities to become active members of the Church.
Father Micallef said that every action designed to fully include people with disabilities would help everyone within the Church community.
"A lot has been done so far. Together we can do much more," he said.
"Church to take disability-friendly measures" (Times of Malta)