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International Day of Disability "2009 (02/12/2009)

The Mayor of Totana, José Martínez Andreo, and the councilman of Social Welfare, Juan Carrion Tudela, have undertaken an institutional reception in the hall of the City Council, the 32 students, family and professional team Occupational Center "José Moya" of the town, on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, held on Thursday 3rd of December.

During the event, which also counted with the presence of users of Psychosocial Support Services, a professional staff member of the Center, Concepcion del Moral, has proceeded to the reading of a manifesto on the occasion of the celebration of this day, where stated that from the Occupational Center "José Moya", "we place special emphasis on one of the principles established in the Plan of Action for Persons with Disabilities 2009-2012: the universal accessibility and design for all."

It has been referred to the accessibility, "the condition when the environments to be usable and usable by all people in safety and comfort, and the most independent and normal as possible," stressing that "from the conception, design or planning to keep in mind that there are different people with different needs, and that all are entitled to use and enjoy that environment. "

Similarly, through the manifesto has stated that urban environments accessible also be coming true in the town of Totana, and has appealed to both public authorities for the development of an urban design of a more accessible and passable ".

Here are some of Occupational Center students have exposed a series of requests such as drivers do not park at crosswalks, ramps or tiles, and have requested an adapted bus that passes the Occupational Center .

They have also said that in parts of many major streets such as San Antonio, Juan XXIII, General Aznar and Avenida Santa Eulalia, the tile is very thin and find it impossible to pass,

Similarly, people have said they are more important than cars, and should take into account the needs of those who have less mobility, and thanked the City Council to maintain services as important to them as the Occupational Center "José Moya "and requesting that they continue to improve its performance

the changing concept of disability, stating that "in addition to a name now, disability has an individual status and recognition as a social fact it is necessary to address."

Therefore, both the mayor and thanked Councilman sensitivity to the challenge of disabilities, encouraging them to continue working in this field.

The councilman of Social Welfare has expressed his satisfaction at being able to have the professional team of this center, which has worked "hand" to improve services offered to all users.

For his part, Mayor of Totana, City Council expressed its intention "to continue working with the entire professional team listening to all the needs that we move the users and try to improve all the resources available for people with disabilities, but never does enough, "and made a commitment to" make mine your claims. "

In this regard, reported that at the last plenary was agreed to establish a commission to study a plan several pedestrian streets and urban spaces, in order to make Totana, "a city that has an accessibility and mobility universal. "

Similarly, recalled the supervised housing project to be located on the street Colombia, whose construction is scheduled to begin to start in early 2010.

He also mentioned the implementation for this new course and experimental programming for students with a greater degree of personal dependence, and announced the launch of the new Day Centre for disabled next year.

So, said he felt proud of them all, referring to the users of the center, and asked them to continue to be encouraging them to feel like people on equal terms, as "know how to convey joy and hope."

Finally the municipal authorities concerning the distribution of gifts to mark the start of the festivities of Santa Eulalia.

Currently, the Occupational Center serves a total of 32 users, since people with low level of autonomy for specific programs of rehabilitative activities, to people with high level of autonomy that are more advanced stimulation in different areas: social skills, instrumental, physical activity, occupational workshops, introduction to computing.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana. Fotos:

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