The Provincial Federation of Associations of People with Physical and Organic Disabilities of Seville (COCEMFE Seville), with the support of the Provincial Council of Seville, has called a meeting with different local governments of rural areas of Seville that have a large representation of people with disabilities in their populations, to create alliances and promote the access of this group to new technologies and to the wide range of training and resources at a transnational level, in order to improve the lives of these people and eliminate the existing digital gap in these areas.
During the meeting held online yesterday, the president of the Federation, Juan José Lara, invited the representatives of the different governments present (Aznalcázar, El Coronil, Gillena, Huévar del Aljarafe, Lantejuela, Peñaflor, Roda de Andalucía and El Rubio) and the Provincial Council of Seville, to collaborate together in the EU-RUDISNET program. It is an initiative developed by the NGO together with five other countries (Italy, Turkey, Slovenia, Lithuania and Germany) and which seeks to create a European network that increases self-confidence, empowerment; as well as inclusion in rural areas, mentoring training and leadership of people with disabilities in rural areas of Europe. All this, facilitating Internet access for people with disabilities who live in them and that they make progress in new technologies.
COCEMFE Seville has insisted on the importance of promoting associationism so that the collective fights together for the fulfillment of the rights of all people with disabilities, whether they live in urban or rural areas.
For their part, all the representatives of the local governments present at the meeting showed their interest in participating in EU-RUDISNET to respond to the needs of people with disabilities in their populations, promoting their autonomy and independence.
The Federation will hold individual meetings with each city council to establish the lines of action and activities in each of the towns, to analyze the social reality of each municipality and ensure that life in rural areas is inclusive. An objective that requires joint work and alliances between local governments, associations of people with disabilities in rural areas and the Federation.
The program ‘Network for the Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Rural Areas of the European Union (EU-RUDISNET)’ is co-financed by Erasmus+ of the European Union.