THERE were proposals and commitments at a Huercal-Overa council session to mark the International Day for Disabled Persons.
Postponed for a week due to heavy rains, the meeting presided over by Mayor Francisca Lourdes Fernandez, brought together Social Wellbeing councillor Maria del Mar Meca with representatives from the Almeria Federation of Associations for Disabled Persons (FAAM) the Virgen del Rio Association for Disabled Persons and the Huercal-Overa branch of the National Organisation for Blind Spaniards (ONCE).
“The extension of the occupational centre with a residency is a shared challenge”, the Mayor commented, adding that the local authority would manage the construction.
“This is a medium to long-term job which we have to start with the search for possible plots which bring together all the necessary requirements to put to the autonomous community administration”, Fernandez explained.
“It is very important to have this resource in Huercal-Overa”, she affirmed.
Further council pledges include the creation of a disability local council and making it clear to the Junta de Andalucia Health delegation that Huercal-Overa hospital needs an accessible gynaecology consultation room.
Among the other matters discussed at the meeting were disabled access on municipal pavements and streets, adapting the football ground, traffic lights adapted to individuals with a disability and accessible businesses.
The Mayor told the association representatives how important it was for them to make the demands of the collectives they represent known.
“The different areas of the council have to work for the inclusion of people with different capacities”, the Mayor maintained.
“We will improve through the requests you put to us because it is you who know best what your needs are.”