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Persons with disabilities in Spain call for protection during COVID19 crisis

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The Canary Islands’ Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities from the (CERMI Canarias), has requested more severe enhanced protection from the public authorities for persons with disabilities and their families in measures taken against the effects of the Coronavirus.

In a statement, the entity wanted to add to the approach taken by CERMI State, which notes as an instrumental measure, the accessibility to information and communication content that public authorities are directing to the general population over the pandemic.

It added that if communication is not universally accessible, public health messages are not reaching all citizens in a national emergency situation, harming people with disabilities.

With regard to substantive measures, it required the autonomous communities, as responsible for social services, that the financing of the public administration continues during the closures and suspensions of services, etc.

In relation to a possible transitional Social Security benefit that is created for parents who are required to remain at home caring for their children whose schools or social care centres have closed, CERMI calls for an increase by 25% if they have recognized disability, for the increased cost of attention to disability situations.

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