Meritocracy Italy, ‘we need equal access to mobility’

Meritocracy Italy, ‘we need equal access to mobility’
Meritocracy Italy, ‘we need equal access to mobility’

” Art. 20 of the ‘UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ strongly urges States parties to adopt effective measures that guarantee mobility to persons with disabilities with the greatest possible autonomy. For all, personal mobility ‘in the ways and at the times they have chosen and at affordable costs’ is essential to be able to live everyday life in freedom, autonomy and without disparity. The Special License, i.e. the certificate of suitability issued following a visit to the appropriate Local Medical Commission, is issued to people with anatomical, functional or sensory impairments for driving vehicles suitably modified according to their pathologies, but not all people with disabilities are able to realize this dream of independence. Often one is forced to use public or private transport. And it is here that the main obstacles to achieving personal life goals emerge. The territorial disparities related to public transport are considerable and people with disabilities are often denied the possibility of using scheduled services ”. Thus in a note Meritocrazia Italia.

” Taking a plane, a ferry, a bus or a train on your own sometimes becomes an impossible challenge. There are still inconveniences and inefficiencies, different for each territory: denied rights or insufficiently sufficient services relating to school transport, non-functioning lifts and hoists, non-punctual or absent line services, especially in the evening hours and on holidays. This although all Municipalities are obliged to adopt an adequate Plan for the Elimination of Architectural Barriers (Peba). It is certain that ‘The Union recognizes and respects the right of disabled people to benefit from measures designed to guarantee their autonomy, social and professional integration and participation in the life of the community’ (Article 26, Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union), but, without equal access to mobility, there will never be full independence of life. The problem is wider and does not only concern people with different abilities, but it is the frailties that suffer the most ”.

” The National Recovery and Resilience Plan provides that over 6 billion euros are earmarked for people with disabilities. The promises also include the improvement of accessibility to transport and places of culture and the definitive demolition of architectural buildings. Upstream, however, it is essential to work on spreading a respectful sensitivity towards others, so that there are no longer limits to equal opportunities. Because the main barriers are cultural ones. In concrete terms, a plan for the recovery and improvement of already active services must not lack an adequate analysis of real needs, followed by a new inclusive and cohesive planning method. Each age group corresponds to a different need for mobility, regardless of the skills possessed, but with needs linked to the severity of the individual disability, which should never act as an obstacle to the effectiveness of the rights to education, work, health or leisure ”.

” Among the useful initiatives: – make public, also on the websites of the Municipalities, the list of accessible public and private services available with timetables and any limitations; set up public places and places of common use with adequate accessible signs, which guide and facilitate the movement of people with disabilities; – make it compulsory for design engineers in each sector to have adequate training on the real and common needs of people with disabilities; – train service personnel on public transport, in ticket offices and stations on the needs that passengers with disabilities may have; – equip all public transport with platforms that facilitate getting on / off and reserved and adequately equipped seats for people with disabilities, the elderly and / or people with reduced mobility; – guarantee comfortable and spacious parking spaces reserved for holders of the European Disability Pass; – supervise the regulation of private services offered to people with disabilities so that there is no speculation and minimum standards of quality and efficiency are always guaranteed ”.

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