Representatives of public entities and voluntary organisations who operate in the field of services related to the disabled have decided to form a national association – in line with other EU countries – which deals with supported employment.
Supported employment refers to entitlements or service provisions to assist people with disabilities and mental illness to get work.
This initiative was spearheaded by the Federation for People with Disability which brought the stakeholders together. A statute has been set up and approved and officials were appointed as follows: chairman Joe Gerada; deputy chairmen Marthese Mugliette and Massimo Ellul; secretary general Stefan Nicholas Vella; treasurer Robert Cilia; and members Carmen Grech, Henriette Baldacchino, Stelmart Khalil and Mauro Farrugia.
The Malta Association for Supported Employment will be joining the European Association for Supported Employment and taking a number of initiatives on the national level.