New law gives disabled more control

Government officials said Thursday that the disabled will have more control over their lives, thanks to a measure signed into law by President Luis Guillermo Solís.

It was the current second vice president, Ana Helena Chacón, who introduced the bill along with Ofelia Taitelbaum and Lesbia Villalobos when she was in the Asamblea Legislativa in 2009.

The bill gives the disabled personal control as stated in an international convention.  The bill also creates the role of personal assistant to help the disabled in their daily lives but without control of their actions, said Casa Presidencial.

In the past, the disabled could not make contracts or vote, Casa Presidencial noted. The new law changes certain sections of the civil code to achieve the goals.

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