Pessoa com deficiência

According to Célia Leão, the State has around 3.4 million people with disabilities; Justice suspends review in the capital of São Paulo due to lack of accessibility

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The prerogative of the Master Plan is precisely to organize the physical and geographical space of the municipality

The review process of the Strategic Master Plan (PDE) of the city of Sao Paulo was suspended by the Court after an action by the Public Defender’s Office. The argument is that the Participate+ platform and other sites used to monitor discussions by the population do not offer access resources for people with disabilities and elderly, as well as there are no sign language interpreters and active subtitles during the hearings. For the former secretary of rights for people with disabilities in the State of São Paulo, Célia Leão, the low inclusion is not caused by a lack of information from the government. “They are guided, competent people who are part of the municipality’s public policies, in fact this failure cannot happen”, she reinforced to Jornal da Manhã, from the newspaper Jornal da Manhã. Young Pan News. “It’s called equality and opportunity, that’s all. Either we have it or we don’t do it justice.”

The former secretary reinforced that the prerogative of the Master Plan is precisely to organize the physical and geographical space of the municipality, which makes the inclusion of individuals essential, guaranteed by the Federal Constitution and the Brazilian Law of Inclusion. “In the State of São Paulo alone, there are 3.4 million people with disabilities, which is more than the population of Uruguay, which has 3.2 million inhabitants. Being larger than the population of several countries on the planet, it is necessary to pay attention. […] If we are defending animals, which we have to defend, the environment of not cutting down trees, of caring, how can we not defend people?”, asked Célia, who talks about the feeling of people with disabilities that there is still a lot of inclusion. “It takes years to establish rights, but sometimes it takes a minute to lose,” she added.

Although the State Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities does not play an active role in the decisions of the Master Plan of the capital of São Paulo or other municipalities in São Paulo, Célia Leão recalls that representatives may be present to learn about the proposals of the process, which should bring about changes concrete. “If you solve the city for people with disabilities, you solve it for the elderly, for the obese, for pregnant women and for children. In other words, you make a city accessible, beautiful and that guarantees quality of life. This is the main thing when talking about a person with a disability. He’s not a caretaker for a poor little thing. […] There needs to be public policies, including the Master Plan, to make a difference in service, so that everyone reaches the same equality”, he pondered.


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