Top of page

Urgent need to improve infrastructure to integrate Mexicans with disabilities: Higinio Martínez

A young African American woman in a wheelchair looking up a flight of stairs

Senator Higinio Martínez Miranda reported that in the State of Mexico, there are 2.7 million residents who have some type of disability, most of them over 60 years of age. The State Government must establish better strategies for social  integration of persons with disabilities.

“A factor that hinders the integration of people with disabilities is that there is no infrastructure or the minimum necessary equipment in public spaces for accessibility, which makes it a more difficult task for people with disabilities to move, which results in marginalization and social imbalance.” said Miranda.

He recalled that the 2020 Population Census presented that 46.8% of this population segment has a vision disability, 43.9% have a physical disability, and 22.1% have a hearing disability.

Ecatepec de Morelos is the second municipality in the country with the largest population of persons with disabilities, totaling 310,434 people, while the first is Iztapalapa, with 349,536 persons with disabilities.

Higinio Martínez said, in Ecatepec, advanced age and illness are the leading causes of hearing, visual and physical disabilities, although, in the latter, 15% are due to accidents.

The INEGI census reports that there are 20.8 million people in the entire country, representing 16.5% of the population in Mexico. Of this total, 6.1 million (4.9%) were identified as people with disabilities. More than 13.9 million (11.1%) said they had some limitations in daily living activities such as walking, seeing, hearing, self-care speaking, communicating, remembering, or concentrating; the rest (0.6%) comprises people with some mental disability.

You might also like

woman in wheelchair entering the elevator woman in wheelchair entering the elevator

Indian Railways to make travel easier for persons with disabilities

The Ministry of Railways on Tuesday announced that the Indian…

cropped shot of african-american man typing on laptop cropped shot of african-american man typing on laptop

E-Accessibility project supports persons with disabilities in Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has deployed 84 assistive Information…

Judge with gavel at wooden table indoors Judge with gavel at wooden table indoors

EEOC sues Eagle Marine Services for disability discrimination

Eagle Marine Services Electrical & Refrigeration, LLC, a marine services…

Kurt Fearnley Kurt Fearnley

Paralympian Kurt Fearnley appointed new chair of the NDIA Board

Australian Paralympic legend and disability advocate Kurt Fearnley AO has…