A group from Almoradí has joined a march to Valencia

Marcha Discapacidad Almoradí 25nov2013

The third march for disabled people’s rights, instigated by the organisation ‘Discapacidad en marcha’ left Almoradí for Valencia on the morning of Monday, November 25th. Their mission is to draw attention to the problems that those with physical and mental disabilities or rare diseases suffer, which they feel go unheard and ignored.

“People who go to occupational centres have nowhere else to go to integrate with the community and cannot enjoy activities that are recreational or stimulating,” explained one member, Agripa Hervás, who feels if these centres are lost then they will all be forced to go home and be forgotten about.

A total of 10 people from Almoradí make up their group that is joining the march, which will cover seven stages. The first of these is leaving from the Vega Baja for the first time and passing through Aspe before stopping in San Vicente for the night.

They read out a manifesto to the people who had gathered to see them off from the Plaza de la Constitución. This included demands for the Valencian government to pay off the debts it owes to centres for the disabled in the region, for disabled people’s independence and participation in society to be guaranteed, as well as asking to be treated with respect and dignity. This was then handed in to the Town hall for the council to debate at its next meeting.

The march will continue throughout this week, passing through the municipalities of Ibi, Alcoy, Jativa, Silla and La Torre, until they reach Valencia on Sunday. On the way there will be meetings and talks at centres for the disabled to promote their cause and educate those who will listen.

“This is a sector that is at the mercy of the crisis, very vulnerable and suffering from all kinds of cutbacks. Not just economic ones but integral, as they are taking away our lives,” said Hervás.

He reminded that the Valencian government has cut financing of these centres by 10%, affecting the services available and the salaries of those who work there.

The debt is forcing many centres to consider whether they can continue, while others, like the one in Almoradí, have been built but have never been opened.