Persons with disabilities ask the courts for their inclusion


Toledo (EFE) autonomy and dignity to achieve a “just” society.

Under the motto “Learn and keep moving forward”, the Regional Parliament brought together in the traditional plenary session with Marsodeto, which was interpreted live in sign language, some 150 participants, including authorities, representatives of the three parliamentary groups , collectives of the associative movement and people with disabilities.

Diego Molina, who has a 65% disability, ascended to the speakers’ rostrum, from where he demanded equal access to public employment, a higher reserve quota, the promotion of apprenticeships and public tenders for companies that have hired people with disabilities, among other demands.

María Colmenar, from AMAFI, shared her thoughts on what it means to have a disability in the rural world with its advantages and disadvantages, and asked the authorities present “to have the same services as the others” in order to be able to develop their life project and that the city “does not become an open-air museum”.

Daniel Ortega, from Apanas, claimed his right to live independently and decide with whom and where he wants to share his life, while Rocío Ferrer, from Asodema, advocated the implementation of initiatives that promote the accessibility: “If the environment is accessible, discrimination will have less effect,” he said.

Finally, Rosario Zamora, from the Manos Artesanas vocational centre, underlined the importance of access to education for all, which is essential in order to then be able to apply for a job, and challenged parliamentarians directly: “Their decisions can open or clip wings.


The Minister of Social Welfare, Bárbara García Torijano, promised to transfer the proposals she collected during the plenary session to the Board of Directors to “continue to improve” the rights of people with disabilities, because this is the executive’s goal that equality be “a concrete reality”.

García Torijano reviewed some of the initiatives approved by the regional government such as the law on early care, which he hopes to see approved unanimously, or the law for the protection and guaranteed support of people with disabilities, a rule of “justice”: “When the parents cannot be in their life project, there will be an Administration which will be there”, he assured.

For his part, the President of the Regional Courts, Pablo Bellido, welcomed the fact that the Chamber has this year a platform giving access to the speakers’ gallery and to the Bureau, a measure that he has undertaken to adopted in plenary on disability last time. year, as well as for adapting laws to easy reading.

Signposting the system of buildings that make up Parliament is the next action Bellido will take to make it “simple and understandable”, as he highlighted the new challenges -leisure, housing or digital divide- that the institutions must s striving to “improve everyone’s life” and to make society “more just”.

At the same time, he pointed out that in 2023, the Regional Parliament will allocate more budget to continue to advance in the actions of the Accessibility Plan that relate to the physical or virtual accessibility of the Courts: “We do it because that it is right and because it is the way to extend democracy to all,” he said.


Marsodeto President Trinidad Escobar stressed that the dignity of people with disabilities depends on having an inclusive education, having a job, decent housing or participating in community life in order to live in equal conditions, and asked families “to be on the streets more than ever” to get their proposals.

The dream of being one more, of contributing as full citizens, he said, involves giving visibility and creating opportunities for people with disabilities to be “the protagonists of their lives”. . “The word equality is short, but very difficult to achieve,” added Escobar, who is the mother of a daughter with an intellectual disability.

For his part, the president of Plena Inclusión Castilla-La Mancha, Francisco Serrano, asked to promote access to employment for people with disabilities, who want to be an “active and productive part” of the society in which they live and comply with their obligations as citizens to live independently.

However, he regretted that only one person with a mental disability in five finds a job, which is also “more precarious” and “less paid”, which makes it even more difficult for them to aspire to independent housing, for which he claimed to begin an orderly transition from the current productive model.EFE


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