Mexico bans discrimination against disabled

May 29th, 2011 - 12:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, May 29 (IANS/EFE) Mexican President Felipe Calderon has passed a new law to provide anti-discrimination protection to people with disabilities.

Calderon said that for the first time “the ban on treating the disabled in a discriminatory way has been raised to the status of law”.

The state will no longer adopt a “paternalistic” attitude towards the disabled, the president said.

The law aims to acknowledge human dignity, “eradicate prejudice and lack of understanding” and provide equal opportunities for the sector.

One of the negative points with respect to the disabled came in the senate, whose new quarters are equipped with cutting-edge technology and exquisitely decorated offices but fail to include access for the disabled.

The Calderon government made a commitment that, by the end of its administration in December 2012, “at least 90 percent of all installations of the federal government” in the country will be “fully accessible” to the handicapped.

The first National Survey on Discrimination, which was taken in 2005, found that 60 percent of the disabled feel rejected and close to 90 percent believe they have far less chance of finding a job.

Nearly 1.7 million of 113 million inhabitants of Mexico are disabled.

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