Puerto Vallarta Commemorates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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December 7, 2012

On December 3, Puerto Vallarta launched the opening of the Expo Informativa-Laboral with a parade at Plaza de Armas.

Dozens of children, youth and adults showed their talents in various disciplines in commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to promote the social integration of this sector and promotes equal opportunities.

This event is part of the activities that the City Council Care and Inclusion for People with Disabilities (Comudis) in Puerto Vallarta, promotes to raise awareness and bring about the importance of making this an accessible and inclusive city for all, removing barriers and opening the doors to a peaceful coexistence among all social sectors.

Comudis Technical Secretary, Rebecca Jimenez Mendoza, announced that the intensive program prepared for this year involved all organizations, schools and agencies that serve the disability issues, and will be presenting products and activities until December 12, with the purpose of informing the public on what their role can be and how they can contribute to the development of their communities.

Also, there will be a forum for public servants, students, business and tourism service providers, showing how they can provide appropriate care for people with disabilities, opening the door for jobs and laying the foundation for accessible tourism in not only providing ramps, but also such items as menus and brochures in Braille for the visually challenged.

There will also be sporting events which will be held on December 7 and 8.

The opening of the Expo-Job Briefing was attended by the aldermen Candelaria Villanueva Sanchez, representing Mayor Ramón Guerrero Martínez, and Luis Gonzalez Munguia, who along with the owner of Comudis, toured the various stands showing the work that each of the participating institutions and the products they offer.

It is important to note that there are only three Municipal Councils for Care and Inclusion of People with Disabilities (Consejos Municipales de Atención e Inclusión de las Personas con Discapacidad), with Puerto Vallarta being the pioneer not only in the state but nationally.

The Council also welcomes its tenth anniversary working resolutely towards inclusion and well being of people with disabilities in working with the current City Council, and will continue joining forces for better living conditions and development for this sector.

Our local Puerto Vallarta American Legion Post 14 took an active part in the parade as support sponsors for the children of Proyecto Pitillal, Busca Un Amigo, a non-profit organization equipped with special emphasis on Cerebral Palsy rehabilitation, therapy, recreation and leisure which will particularly benefit the children of single mothers and poor families. The American Legion will sponsor a parade at their school on December 14.

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