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The University of Alicante celebrates the International Day of People with Disabilities

On Thursday, 5 December , in the City of Alicante, along with the Annual Public Reading of the Spanish Constitution

 

Filed photo of the annual event of the public reading of the Spanish Constitution last year

 

Alicante, 2 December 2013

Within the framework of the International Day of People with Disabilities, proclaimed on 3 December, the University of Alicante celebrates the 5th anniversary of the entry into force of the International Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. During the event, the statement of this Convention will be read in order to give visibility to the measures committing  countries to ensure equality and non-discrimination for people with disabilities.

The preface will be read by the UA President, Manuel Palomar and the Director of the University Venue in Alicante city, Josefina Bueno. Thea reading  will be also shared by the Director of the Secretariat for In-company Traineeships & Student Support , Josefa Parreno, members of the University of Alicante’s governing team, faculty, students, administrative staff, and representatives of associations of people with disabilities such as ONCE, CERMI CV (Committee of organisations representing people with disabilities in Valencia) , AFEMA (Association of Relatives of Mentally Disabled Patients) Plataforma de la Dependencia de Alicante and COFEMFE (Federation of People with Physical Disabilities), among others.

The meeting, which will take place on Thursday, 5 December at 9 pm in the City of Alicante, along with the annual public reading of the Spanish Constitution, is organized by the Student Support Center (CAE ), which assists every academic year an average of 200 students with disabilities to ensure equal opportunities for all the people who are part of this academic institution.

 

Convention for disability

On 13 December 2006, the International Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities was adopted as a new instrument that brought significant progress for people with disabilities. It highlights the "visibility" of this group within the United Nations’ system of protection of human rights, the assumption of the irreversible phenomenon of disability as a human rights issue, and a binding legal tool to enforce these people’s rights.

Spain signed and ratified the Convention as well as its optional protocol in 2008 and thus, this international regulatory body is part of the Spanish legal system ever since.

  

Public Reading of the Constitution

Next, the University of Alicante, with the participation of its President, Vice Presidents, the local authorities, students of primary and secondary education, academic and public institutions’ authorities, representatives of citizen groups and all those who wish to attend, will celebrate the traditional comprehensive and public reading of the text of the Spanish Constitution the same Thursday, 5 December, in the City of Alicante from 11 am.

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