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NGO ask to form the Municipal Commission on Disability in Argentina

Beautiful little girl with down syndrome walking with parents

The board of directors of the “Tu Puedes (You can do it)” Association, made up of parents of people with different pathologies, formally requested the Deliberative Council of the City of Rio Grande to establish the Municipal Council on Disability (COMUDI), to work with the leaders on issues that concern them.

“We are doing very well there in Ushuaia with the accompaniment of the Council, the Municipality and other associations, for which we want to replicate that here. For some time we have been requesting it from the Rio Grande councilmen, but without any response, ”said Gabriela Medina, the NGO’s president.

In Ushuaia, COMUDI was created by ordinance No. 3748 in order to propose municipal public policies on disability; advise the Executive and Deliberative in the creation or modification of norms based on the principles of equal opportunities and non-discrimination; accessibility and everything aimed at achieving the improvement of the quality of life of people with disabilities.

“We need the estblishment of COMUDI also in Río Grande so that all the projects that we generate as an association, like other associations in the city, we can present them to work together,” Medina said.

In addition, she explained that currently, the lack of communication between the Rio Grande government and civil associations, prevents parents from learning about the plans that come down from the National Government to the municipality, missing unique opportunities that could improve the quality of life of their children.

The note was formally presented after repeatedly requesting a meeting with the councilors, for which there was no response, denoting a strong lack of interest on the part of the Council.

“We ask:” Nothing about us, without us “, because although it is working, we are not involved in any of the issues. We are the ones who live day to day as parents and as members of associations dedicated exclusively to these issues. Both the rulers, whom we need to be able to coordinate and work on a project, and the associations of parents of people with disabilities who are constantly training us, need to work on solid foundations, studying to be able to accompany and improve the quality of life of our children. That is why we believe that our role there is fundamental,” said Medina.

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