Disabled demonstrate to have their voices heard on key issues

A.M. Costa Rica/Kayla Pearson
Disabled protesters turned out in force to urge lawmakers to consult them on important issues.

“Respect me and listen to my voice,” sounded throughout Avenida Segunda as deaf, lame, blind and other disabled individuals demonstrated for equality from Parque Central to the Assemblea Legislativa Monday.

The voice on the microphone was Giselle Cesped from Morpho, a center for independent living in the Región Buruca. She led marchers in chants about the governments indifference to the community and the need for democracy.

The group was advocating for opportunities equal to the rest of the population such as access to education, work and health services under Ley 7600. Other requests were for the recognition and promotion of sign language.

Although the law advocates for these rights, according to members, the law was created without the consultation with members of the group.

“The assembly didn’t consult us about a law that affects our population,” said Mainor Ramírez, Morpho director.

The protesters brought a petition to the crowd that was signed by lawmakers as a sign to cooperate with the community and work to fulfill their requests.

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