(Prensa Latina)- The Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations for Disability in Ecuador says Cuba today is an example to the world for its political commitment to caring for people with disabilities.
President of the Federation, Dr Patricia Mena highlighted Cuba’s efforts in this field which she says are in line with the provisions of the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, to which the Caribbean nation is signatory.
She says the visibility of people with disabilities in Cuba is significant, with different programs and events held, including the recently concluded scientific conference on disability and public health in early December.
Dr. Mena also stressed that Cuba has proved to be extremely strong, sensitive and equitable as seen in its constant efforts aimed at caring for those most in need despite the limited resources and technologies due to the us economic and financial blockade.
The expert highlighted the international need to promote positive language and inclusive communication, because ‘disability should not be considered a synonym of disease; it is a condition, a circumstance in which a person finds themselves, therefore they are people with disabilities.’
In Cuba, 449,319 people are registered as having a disability, representing 4% of the current population.