The Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability launched a campaign entitled ‘Different is Normal’.
The new photographic campaign aims to increase the visibility of persons with a disability by portraying them doing what they most enjoy in their everyday lives.
Commissioned by the Commission for the Rights of Persons with a Disability (CRPD), the campaign, ‘Different is Normal’ is a set of 12 individual photos of persons with various impairments engaging in activities such as dance, theatre, swimming, gymnastics, sprinting and bowling.
The photos, taken by award-winning photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi, move away from portraying persons with a disability as ‘victims’ or as ‘inspirational heroes’; they aim to show persons who happen to have a disability.
“The photos represent the passions and aspirations of these persons,” said CRPD Commissioner Oliver Scicluna, “Seen together, they are a celebration of diversity, moving away from the notion that disabled people belong to a binary category, specifically, as opposed to non-disabled.”
During the launch, His Excellency President George Vella said that the time of discrimination and stigma is long over and nowadays persons with different abilities are viewed as having acquired the rights which they used to be denied: “I would like to do away with the differences between those who refer to themselves as normal and persons with a disability.”
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