Nicaragua advances in the inclusion of people with disabilities in DRR
The National System for the Prevention of Disaster Mitigation and Attention (SINAPRED) has developed important efforts in recent years for the inclusion of people with disabilities.
On June 20 of the present, Javier López, Alma Baltodano and David López, representatives of the Cabinet of Persons with Disabilities and members of the board of the Federation of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (FECONORI) met with Dr. Guillermo González , Minister Director of SINAPRED, to continue promoting the processes for the necessary inclusion of people with disabilities in the management of disaster risks, emphasizing the participation of grassroots organizations.
Both parties recognize that awareness of inclusion is a long process to follow. In this sense, the willingness and presence of tools and guidelines for inclusion are basic elements that are already opening doors for inclusive plans at all levels and for a series of other measures that incorporate people with disabilities into risk management. protagonists and not from a welfare approach.
During the meeting with the Minister Director of SINAPRED, the collaboration between FECONORI organizations and the television program "Nicaragua linda y segura", produced by SINAPRED, which is broadcast every Saturday at 4: 00 pm on channel 6 of Nicaragua. The future cooperation on this program, both on contents of inclusion and on interpretation in sign language, is another of the topics of the meeting.
SINAPRED TV program with participation of people with disabilities and their organizations.
The meeting was also attended by Alberto Gómez from ASB, coordinator of the project: "Inclusion of people with disabilities and seniors in disaster risk management in Central America" (2016-2019).
As agreements of the meeting, the following should be highlighted:
• A commission of associations of people with disabilities will be formed to work with SINAPRED on the review of documents for the inclusion of the disability approach, including the draft of the new law of SINAPRED (Law 337).
• Given the importance of the participation of people with disabilities, the next national simulation of September 2017 is considered as an appropriate occasion to involve organizations throughout the country.