Joseph M. Camilleri born on 29 March, 1952. He was contracted juvenile rheumatoid artrits=is at the age of two and half. Two years later he was correctly diagnosed and treatment began first at Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick Children in London and then at Tadworth Court Hospital in Surrey.
Together with his family, he spent his early childhood in the UK. On their return to Malta, his parents refused to send their son to a special school at Stella Maris College, Gzira. Despite frequent illness and other difficulties, Camilleri completed his primary and secondary education.
During his school years he was also very much engaged in a variety of extra-curricular activities ranging from drama to scouting and music.
In 1973 Camilleri started reading, English language and literature at the Um where he graduated BA (Hons),. In 1976. Subsequently he completed a postgraduate certificate in education at the MCAST. During this time he was a memver of the University Players drama group where he met Davina Millar, who he married four years later. They have two daughters, Florinda and Sophie Marie.
Camillei taught English at Secondary level in a church school (1977-1979) and was them tabce education packages at the UM’s Centre for Distance Learning (1989-1994).
In 1989 an unexpected invitation to Seeden once again sparked Camilleri’s interest in disability issues. This visit and increasing contact with the Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni B’Dizabilita led to his becoming inspired by what is known as the Social Model of Disability, which, in turn, les ti a commitment to disability issues.