Havana.– The Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons With Disabilities and their Families (Riadis) will hold its 6th Conference from March 13-17 in Cuba, given the island’s achievements concerning attention and inclusion of disabled persons.
Speaking to Agencia Cubana de Noticias, Mabel Ballesteros, President of the Cuban Association of Persons with Physiomotorial Limitations (Aclifim), announced that this is the first time Cuba will host a Riadis Conference, which will bring together over 200 delegates from some 20 Latin American countries, as well as Spain, the United States, and Canada.
“An Inclusive Latin America, with Unity, Development, Peace and Hope,” is the maxim of the event, which will also see the participation of Cuba’s National Blind (ANCI), and Deaf or Hard of Hearing (Ansoc) associations.
The Havana International Convention Center will host the Conference, during which the International Inclusion and Development in Latin America Congress, as well as the 6th Assembly of the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons With Disabilities and their Families and socials, are set to take place, Ballesteros reported.
The Congress, which will be officially inaugurated tomorrow, March 14, will feature four work sessions focusing primarily on inclusion and development in Latin America; inclusive education; technologies for disabled persons; and accessibility.
These are important matters to the functioning and daily life of people with disabilities, noted the President of the Aclifim, celebrating its 37th anniversary, this March 14.
Speaking to ACN, Ana Lucía Arellano from Ecuador and President of Riadis, noted that the Congress seeks to continue working toward the effective inclusion of people with disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean, through joint efforts and coordination between organizations, governments and other key actors in the region.
It also aims to strengthen spaces within Riadis itself for young people and people with disabilities from indigenous communities.
Arellanos also spoke about the attention Cuba provides disabled persons, renowned throughout the region, because despite limited resources, Aclifim has achieved more than any other Latin American country in this regard, she noted.
Other topics to be discussed during the event include universal accessibility; inclusive education for sustainable development; inclusive development strategies; and international cooperation. (ACN)