Political representatives with disabilities highlights the importance of education and training for policy access

CERMI is the organization representing people with disabilities in Spain.

CERMI and Foundation ONCE organized a day in Madrid on the political participation of people with disabilities.

On the day have been several public officials with disabilities, as the councilman Angel Bachelor, first policy with syndrome of down in Spain.

Angela has said that it shows that the people with disabilities have the same rights that therest.

Education and training are essential to get people with disabilities to occupy political posts.

This has been one of the main conclusions of the day.

Political representatives with disabilities have chosen Thursday by influencing access to education and training in the sector to obtain their access to politics and that more people with disabilities are present in the political parties and electoral candidates.

Expressed it during the day ‘ expanding political representation – access codes. More people with disabilities in the political groups and election candidates ‘, organized by the Spanish Committee of representatives of people with disabilities (CERMI) at the headquarters of Fundación ONCE, and which has retransmitted over the Internet.

During the round table ‘Experiences of people with disabilities with political responsibilities’, the Deputy of the people’s Party and first Deputy in Spain in a wheelchair, Francisco Vañó, has stressed that “much remains to be done”, but it has put in value the spectacular change in disability in the last 40 years. “We have passed the disability seen as a curse to the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, which recognizes people with disabilities as people with rights,” he stressed.

Thus, according to Disability canadabenefit.ca, it has influenced that “any person with a disability can participate in many areas and also in policy” and this participation, has said, helps to normalize the disability and to consider people with disabilities equal.

Ángela Bachiller, first Councillor with syndrome of Down in Spain has ensured that cases like his are important “to make visible that persons with disabilities have the same rights as the rest”.

In addition, it highlighted that its objective is to “strive to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas of society, especially in employment and education because”we are all equal and deserve an opportunity to demonstrate that we are able”.

For his part, Cristina Chamorro, UPyD the Madrid City Council Councillor has stressed that one of the factors that have more influence on the exclusion of persons with disabilities is education and training, which “can be an obstacle to access to positions of political responsibility”.

From their point of view, it is important that political representatives have a good academic background and technical qualifications, but “the most important thing in politics are the values and the sense of duty”, i.e. the “human qualities, accept things as they come and deal with them”.

In his opinion, “the constancy, perseverance and empathy” are fundamental qualities in politics, and has pointed out, ‘by her life experience, persons with disability have many of these qualities”.

Also, Carmen Sánchez Carazo, Secretary of social policies of PSM-PSOE has put in value the presence of people with disabilities in positions of political responsibility “they know disability because they suffer it”.

Also has asserted that “much progress” disability although it has pointed out, “is a lot to do and lots of fight ahead” in areas such as education and training and has committed, among other things, to consolidate some of the achievements such as the law of promotion of Personal autonomy and care for people in a situation of dependence.

In this line, Josep María Llop, Advisor to the Department of Social Welfare and care to the people of the Diputació de Barcelona, has assured that “we are at a point where persons with disabilities must have self-esteem and bet on the formation in a time of crisis of the welfare State”.

As well, opted for “adopt patterns of conduct aimed at less dependence and more ability to lobby for public administrations” and because resources”not get subsidies but are looking for synergies with economic operators to obtain a mutually beneficial”.

During the day, was held also the open table ‘ vocation or training?: political militancy of people with disabilities ‘, in which Julio Sánchez Fierro, a lawyer with extensive political experience, has ensured that “integration is not enough, but is it required the active participation in politics, and this is important preparation and training” and insisted that “competition in the world of politics is very important and the self-worth we must prove it”. In this line, said that “the policy tries to transform reality and improve it and therefore must be managed well but also generate new proposals and that these are achievable”.

During the closing ceremony, the director-general’s policy of support to the disability of the Ministry of health, social services and equality, Ignacio Tremiño, said that persons with disabilities “have to have positions of responsibility by their worth, not their disability”.