People with Disabilities, invisible people …?

“Not a single handicapped person,” he said, including the placards held by people with disabilities and their families in a protest outside the Presidential Palace. It was just four words, in which the truth of their whole life lay. And yet, a bitter fear so well founded that the sun will appear from the sunrise. Institution building is the nightmare of the family, but especially of the people who bring a child into the world, with the expectation that they will be able to give it to them. That he will live healthy. That will be happy. Do not wait for the disability. It does appear, though. It appears and is not the one that brings the calamities, it is the loneliness that the State has taken care to accompany.

Thus, the road to disability is lonely and difficult because the authorities have not taken care of it. Because they have not provided support for parents, siblings, and of course for the individuals themselves. They have not given the resources and time to have a system that catches the child early and educates them. It will help it become more functional, be able to follow and embed society as well. To grow up with other children of his age, to gain friends, skills, to be active. Adult and have reached his full potential as much as possible. Be aware that when there are no parents or other members of his or her family, there will be a supported home living program to receive it.

However, only a handful of promises and promises of actions to be implemented and rights to be fulfilled are left to them. They have to deal with the inadequacy of the system, the parties, the political persons and decisions, the government, the State as a whole. Because, if anything has been shown and proven so far by those responsible, people with disabilities are invisible people. Those that are easily hidden behind cupboards, even removable. After all, most people with disabilities have neither the right to vote nor the right to vote, so they can be useful in their political career dreams. With this data in place and under these conditions, institutionalization is at the end of the path. As the pinnacle of abandonment. She was present and clear from the beginning of the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

The day before, when the government met with representatives of the people with disabilities who were protesting, it made great comments and statements. The director of the Office of the President of the Republic said that Nikos Anastasiadis will be their companion and that he will try to improve their lives. Is it a commitment? Will he descend from the Presidential Palace hill to embark on this difficult and lonely journey that has been shaped and maintained by his policies and signature?

Article translated from Greek by Lampros Yiangou (AbleBook)