The corridors are always packed in the Metropolitan Council of Popular Power for People with Disabilities, situated in a building just down the street from Plaza Diego Ibarra in Caracas. Wheelchairs come and go, sometimes squeezing to the side in order to let another person pass ﬁrst...
The law for people with disabilities, passed in 2006, took further steps. As well as requiring public transport to include facilities to ensure access for disabled people, it also made it compulsory for all companies to have disabled people in five per cent of their positions. Coming from a country where disabled people are currently being penalised for supposedly avoiding work, the difference in approach is easy to notice.
On Sunday President Hugo Chavez announced that the state-owned Vtelca, which manufactures the subsidised and very affordable ‘Vergatario’ phone, will now also manufacture a phone designed for blind people.
On Saturday 10th of April, Frente Unido Socialista de Personas con Discapacidad (FUSPD – United Socialist Front of People with Disabilities) celebrated its first birthday with a friendly basketballgame in Municipio Guacara, Carabobo State. In this interview, FUSPD President Jose Rodriguez explains the history behind FUSPD and its aims.
During Bolivian President Evo Morales’s first official visit to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s home state of Barinas on Thursday, the two socialist allies agreed to continue increasing bi-national cooperation in the areas of food and energy production.
the governor of Aragua state, Rafael Isea, inaugurated the country's first
Coordination Center for People with Disabilities. The center will be both a
place of attention for disabled people, as well as a space where the general
population can generate policies and projects related to disability issues.