Most municipalities without accessibility plans for people with disabilities

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 27-12-2020 08:00:00 · 0 Comments
Most municipalities without accessibility plans for people with disabilities

Most municipalities in Portugal have never planned accessibility conditions for people with disabilities and do not have a single accessible or certified space, reveals a survey by the Salvador Association and the Institute of Cities and Towns with Mobility.

The data results from the answers of about one third of the 308 municipalities to a survey made with the support of the National Association of Portuguese Municipalities and which started in October.

The survey tried to make a "radiography" of the accessibilities and the way the question is faced by the several municipalities and showed that 70 percent never planned the accessibility conditions, that is, they would never adhere to the project RAMPA - Regime of Support to the Municipalities for the Accessibilities, to the Plans of Promotion of the Accessibility Conditions or other similar plans.

80 percent of the municipalities admit to not having a single piece of equipment or public space that is totally accessible, nor certified, while among the municipalities that have made accessibility plans only 13 percent affected 0.5 percent of their municipal budget for this issue.

Another fact revealed by the survey, which the association considers to be "serious", is that although the municipalities are obliged to send the National Rehabilitation Institute (INR) reports on accessibility, "80 percent have indicated that they have never sent them".

Both the Salvador Association and the Institute of Cities and Towns with Mobility understand, therefore, that it is necessary for the municipalities to make their respective plans for promoting accessibility, and to implement and monitor them, allocating specific funds for the respective plans.

They also defend the implementation of active inspection, with street actions to assess non-compliance in this area, demanding accountability from the technicians who design and project the spaces, and there may be fines for neglecting to apply the law.



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