People with disabilities are not seeking an easier life, just equality with everyone else, the head of the association for people with disabilities, Andreas Georgiades, said on Monday on occasion of World Day for People with Disabilities.
“The goal must be not formal but real equality, which means equal opportunities in social, economic and political life,” he said.
One in six EU citizens faces some kind of disability, he said during his speech at a press conference in Limassol.
“More than one billion people are people with disabilities and some 190 million people face significant difficulties in their daily lives due to the inability of society to take into account the characteristics of a particular group, its capabilities and its particular needs,” he added.
“Since 1966, the association has played a leading role in improving the life and support for the disabled.”
During the press conference, there was a briefing on the continuous collection campaign by the organisation, but also on the second Futsal tournament with the slogan ‘I Love You – I support – I am here’ which will be held on December 22 and 23 at the Spyros Kyprianou athletic centre in Limassol. School children with participate in the tournament with the aim of familiarising them with issues of the disabled to discourage bullying in schools.
All the major political parties issued statements to mark the international day calling for equal treatment and improved employments opportunities for those with disabilities.
In its own statement Disy outlined that the government had upgraded care services, implemented the European disability card and expanded he escort service for children with special needs.