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COCEMFE Sevilla analyzes the needs of people with disabilities in the rural area of Bollullos de la Mitación

COCEMFE Sevilla analyzes the needs of people with disabilities in the rural area of Bollullos de la Mitación

The Plenary Hall of the City Council of Bollullos de la Mitación (Seville) has hosted this Tuesday in person the discussion group to detect the needs of people with disabilities in the rural area of said municipality, especially in terms of their civic and social participation.

It is about an activity framed in the EU-RUDISNET program (network for the social inclusion of people with disabilities in rural areas of the European Union through mentoring and leadership training), co-financed by Erasmus +, and developed by the Provincial Federation of Associations of People with Physical and Organic Disabilities of Seville (COCEMFE Seville).

Due to this initiative, people with disabilities, administrative technical staff and leaders of associations of people with disabilities have been able to deepen the local needs and services that are offered in these rural settings to people with disabilities. Among the proposals collected, we must highlight the importance of undertaking training actions on disability, accessibility and independent living for public administration personnel, who sometimes encounter barriers and problems due to this lack of retraining regarding to their occupation.

In addition, the need to improve the training offer and support for the labor insertion of people with disabilities, especially the younger people, has been highlighted, establishing the necessary controls to ensure that this labor insertion is effective and real. Likewise, the importance of offering mentoring training to the leaders of disability associations has been underlined so that they can accompany other people to create new initiatives of associationism and participation. Another of the conclusions, among others, has been the need for the personal assistant profile as a means to achieve independent life in rural areas, as well as achieving an inclusive and accessible leisure.

Representatives of the local associative movement such as the Association for Inclusion (API), the Andalusian Association of patients with Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders (ASTTA) have participated in the group, moderated by the Federation’s European project technician, Encarnación Barrera., the Association for the Psychological Support of Mothers and Parents of Minors with Disabilities Magnolia, and the Association When You Want (CTQ) of Gines (La Asociación para la Inclusión (API), la Asociación Andaluza de pacientes con Síndrome de Tourette y Trastornos Asociados (ASTTA), la Asociación para el Apoyo Psicológico a Madres y Padres de Menores con Discapacidad Magnolia, y la Asociación Cuando Tú Quieras (CTQ) de Gines.)

Likewise, during the presentation of the activity, the mayor of the Bollullos de la Mitación City Council, Fernando Soriano; and the councilor for Social Policies, Equality and Citizenship, Clara Monrobé also participated.

On his part, the president of COCEMFE Sevilla, Juan José Lara, has stressed the line of action set by Europe to create alliances and that this is how disability organizations in rural areas can be heard with the support of the administrations.

The mayor indicated that: “If we do not give a voice to the associations, we can hardly know what their needs are. All our commitment to people with disabilities has to increase by accompanying local associations that work hard and very well”.