Chilean disabled people already have a National Service

The goal of the institution is to guarantee that all people are integrated into Chilean society so that a cultural change can take place and Chile can become a more welcoming and solidary country for its disabled people.

The institution, which will replace the National Disability Fund (FONADIS), will have regional departments in charge of implementing policies on the issue of disability throughout Chilean territory

The institution, which will replace the National Disability Fund (FONADIS), will have regional departments in charge of implementing policies on the issue of disability throughout Chilean territory. In addition, it will have a monopoly over these issues, as it will be the only institution empowered to draft policies and to lead the programmatic implementation of initiatives aimed at benefiting disabled people.

Planning Minister Paula Quintana, who was present at the official announcement, valued the new service, which she called a milestone “that will overcome important challenges and above all create the conditions for implementing the law on disability in the short term.”

Another important challenge that the National Disability Service must face is to coordinate among the different public services to ensure fulfillment of the measures to guarantee access to people with physical disabilities, in addition to the adaptation of all communicational and educational processes, as established by law.

In this way, and as the new law allowing the service to be created states, the communications media must include sign language in public service messages, election campaign publicity, presidential debates and national simulcasts.

For his part, Roberto Cerri, national director of the institution, highlighted that the institution will offer a guarantee to people with physical impediments of any kind so they can develop freely in society and gain the acceptance of the general population.

He said that achieving this task will take a long time, since it means changing the social culture to make Chile a country without discrimination.

The issue of disability in Chile is a matter of concern for both the public as well as private sectors. Along these lines, the country has developed initiatives so that the people of Chile can learn from early childhood to appreciate and to respect differences, as is the case with the disabled toys project, which was created to teach young children the importance of inclusion.

Likwise, the Teletón, a great solidarity campaign led by Mario Kreutzberger, Don Francisco, is held every year to collect funds for the different rehabilitation centers that have been installed around Chile.

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