The La Laguna City Council, through the Department of Social Welfare and Quality of Life, yesterday held a varied program of events in the Plaza de La Catedral to commemorate the International Day of Disability, which is celebrated this weekend in different points of the planet.
The agenda planned by the City Council started at 11:30 yesterday, with the official opening ceremony and the reading of a manifesto prepared by groups, entities and associations that dedicate their work to people with some type of disability. After this ceremony it was the turn of the workshops, the talks, the sensitive backpacks, the Orange Point and the exhibitions of different people who still encounter some type of barrier in their daily lives.
The Lagunera Councilor for Social Welfare, María Cruz, highlighted that “this day has a special meaning twice this year in our municipality, since it commemorates a very special date for the entire group and the people who work in this area and, at the same time At the same time, it is the perfect setting to celebrate and share with the sector the first award that La Laguna received this past Friday from the Access City Award, the most prestigious European award for accessibility and disability.”
“This is a recognition by the European Union of the joint work of the administration together with all the groups, associations, entities, companies and organizations dedicated to this field of work that carry out their work in our municipality, to make it much more universal to the local and visiting population,” he added.
One of the proposals that caught the most attention of the European jury has been the project of Canarian folklore workshops for people with physical and intellectual disabilities and where deaf and deafblind people dance thanks to sensitive backpacks and the help of interpreters and interpreter guides. .
This folklore workshop is unique in the world. La Laguna also offers guided routes for people with disabilities and maritime excursions for whale watching for deaf people and people with visual and intellectual disabilities.
The City Council also financially supports social initiatives that promote third sector entities and organizations in the municipality. In this sense, nearly 1.5 million euros have been distributed to 70 projects.