In order to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, the Dominican Municipal League (LMD) and the National Disability Council (Conadis) launched this Thursday the program “Route for the Development of Inclusive Municipalities”.
The first phase will be carried out with eleven territories so that each local government develops its inclusion department with the support of Conadis, the Dominican Municipal League and the National District City Council for being the first to create this initiative.
The municipalities that make up this first phase are: Santo Domingo Este, La Romana, San Juan de la Maguana, Moca, Santiago, Azua, Salcedo, San Cristóbal, Higüey, San Francisco de Macorís and San Pedro.
This project intends that each municipal institution guarantees equal rights and opportunities to all persons with disabilities in each territory.
The Vice Minister of Relations with Civil Society of the Ministry of the Presidency, Alberto Rodríguez, indicated that it is important to visualize the challenges that the country still has in terms of equal rights and that mainly affects people with disabilities.
For the director of Conadis, Osvaldo Canario, this program represents another example of the transcendental importance of the full inclusion of people with disabilities in productive activities in their communities.
This intention is based on axis two of the Multiannual Plan for the public sector 2021-2024, which seeks a society with equal rights and opportunities so that the entire population is guaranteed education, health, decent housing and quality basic services to promote the progressive reduction poverty and social and territorial inequality.
In the country 1,160,847 people live with some type of disability, which represents approximately 12% of the population.
The latest report from the National Census states that 64% of people with disabilities do not have access to decent work.