Mérida, June 19th 2009 (Venezuelanalysis.com) - Yesterday
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.
Isea said that through the center the state government
will promote the development of community committees and will start a process
of adaptation of public and private institutions to accommodate disabled
people. The National Council for Disabled People (Conapdis), Mission Jose
Gregorio Hernandez (a government program of free medical attention for disabled
people and for information gathering around the number of people with
disabilities in Venezuela and their needs), and the Program of Attention for
People with Disabilities (Pasdis) will also operate out of the center.
The Araguan state government signed an agreement with
Conapdis in March to build the center and now also wants to create centers in
the 17 municipalities of the state, Isea said.
The president of Conapdis, Ludyt Ramirez, said the new
center is "one more achievement for the Bolivarian Revolution in the struggle
to achieve the inclusion of people with disabilities... who historically have
been marginalized in terms of participation and protagonism."
Under Venezuela's Law for People with Disabilities,
passed in 2006, employers must ensure that 5% of positions are given to people
with disabilities, media must include sign language in a portion of their
programming, and handicapped people along with diabetics and heart and liver
patients should receive preferential treatment in the health system.