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Haiti - Social : No to exclusion, Yes to integration !
04/12/2011 08:17:39

Haiti - Social : No to exclusion, Yes to integration !
Friday, the Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities (SEIPH), Gérald Oriol Jr., delivered a speech during a ceremony at the Office of SEIPH in preparation for the International Day of Disabled Persons which was held yesterday Saturday, December 3. In this speech Mr. Oriol promotes the accessibility in buildings and asks the Senate of the Republic to ratify the Law on the Integration of Persons with Disabilities.

"Mr. Minister of Social Affairs and Labour
Dear partners, especially Christian Blind Mission and Handicap International,
Dear employees of the SEIPH,
Dear friends of national and international associations working with people with disabilities,
Dear friends of the spoken press, written and televised
Distinguished Guests,
Dear fellow citizens,

Tomorrow is the International Day of people with disabilities. All men and all women of the country are invited to join the struggle of people with disabilities.

Sa m vle di koulye a, se nan lang kreyòl pou m di li !

Sa pa fè anpil tan, m tap pale ak yon zanmi m epi men sa li di m :

Ti Gerald, depi goudougoudou a, m santi m pi alèz ak tout moun ki kokobe epitou m gen kè sansib pou yo.

M mande l pouki sa.

Li di m : Monchè, lè bagay la fini epi m wè m anfom, lè m mache chache moun m renmen yo epi m wè jan bagay yo te ye, epi chak jou jouk jodi a, lè m wè moun ki pèdi kit se yon bra kit se yon janb chache lavi, degaje yo, m toujou panse nan fon kè m :

« Mezanmi ! M pa pase lwen ! M te ka frape menm jan, mwen te ka youn nan yo kifè liy douvan Handikap Entènasyonal ! »

My friend had the feeling that finally, only often ordinary circumstances (illness, accident, old age) distinguished non-disabled people for disabled people.

In most cases, these circumstances are beyond our power of prevention or healing and, if we must continue to fight to prevent the occurrence of disabilities, it is necessary to be lucid and that never we can prevent or cure all the deficiencies. Our possibilities are limited, whatever may be the technical or medical advanced.

However, there is one area where the possibilities are virtually endless, and often simple. Yet, is this area which is the most neglected, most ignored the most despised of all the areas of action in which the solidarity towards people with disabilities can be exercised.

This area is that of accessibility.

We can not re-give the legs... and if a particular amputee can benefit from a prosthesis rare, we cannot dream that every need is filled.

However, we can perfectly conceive buildings with handrails for a lame can climb the stairs without difficulty and ramps to allow someone in a wheelchair to enter.

Similarly, we can easily construct new buildings in this way, and we can, with the will and a minimal investment, gradually improving existing buildings and to reserve parking spaces close to the appropriate access.

Physical access to buildings is one thing... access to a service in this building is another. It is therefore important that in the public institutions, banks, hospitals, airports, shops, people with disabilities, benefit from increased attention and priority access that will enable them to feel accepted, not to go last, and, finally, to be able to exercise their right while using their energy to positive things, instead of just fighting until exhaustion to obtain a minimum !

In this regard, I great pleasure to congratulate the people and businesses who have won the "price of accessibility" rewarding their concrete efforts in this area.

I also thank the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development and the Ministry for Women's Affairs and Women's Rights for having responded to our request to employ people with disabilities.

I should also note that it would be vain to hope for significant advances in the long term without the appropriate legal instruments. For this, I urge the Senate to ratify the Law on Persons with Disabilities which was ratified by the Chamber of Deputies in May 2010 and is still awaiting ratification by the Senate.

I will not go further and leave you simply with these reflections, knowing that are at stake here as well the willingness of policy makers that the common sense and commitment of individuals. I will play my partition for that a special attention in terms of accessibility is granted during the rehabilitation of the international airport of Port-au-Prince and in the development of the future industrial park of Caracol in the North of the country. I encourage everyone to get involved with the grace of God.

Map fini pandan map raple nou tèm ki chwazi pou make selebrasyon 3 desanm ane sa « Annou bati yon Ayiti aksesib pou tout moun : Andikape ou pa ! ».

No to exclusion, Yes to integration !

Thank you."

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