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According to the United Nations, Ecuador is a world leader in the inclusion of people with disabilities

Guayaquil, November 25 (Andes).- Policies in favor of vulnerable groups in Ecuador have allowed 10,000 people with disabilities to enter the workforce, according to World Bank estimates.

This data, plus the 21 articles of the Ecuadorian Constitution in favor of vulnerable groups, were an example for Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of Social and Economic Affairs of the United Nations, to rate Ecuador as a world leader in integrated inclusion of special people.

The statements of the UN official were issued in the context of the “World Meeting of Disabilities Ecuador 2013” that was inaugurated this Monday in Guayaquil.

At this event, presenters from 30 nations analyze topics such as the role of the State to treat people with disabilities, legislation policy, international cooperation and rights.

In this context, the UN official pointed out that 15% of the world population has a degree of disability, so policies aimed at them ought to achieve an inclusive society in which, as individuals, they receive the same rights to participate in equal conditions.

“Without equality there is no development nor human rights”, upheld Bas, who said that Ecuador’s actions are worthy of recognition to improve the conditions of people on the way to strengthen inclusion and improve their empowerment.

Alex Camacho, head of the Technical Secretariat on Disabilities of the Office of the Vice President, said that the accessibility work of vulnerable groups in Ecuador is due to a State policy started under the previous Vice President – Lenin Moreno – and strengthened through the new legal standards of the Organic Law on Disabilities created in 2010.

He recalls that in the country an initial scan was made in the 24 provinces. At that time, one million homes were visited and finally nearly 300,000 individuals with disabilities were geo-referenced. To date, nearly 230,000 people have been served through projects in the Manuela Espejo mission.

He noted that there are still actions pending, such as achieving accessibility for vulnerable people in the technological sense, in inclusive schools. “Everything that is done is to achieve comprehensive inclusion of people with disabilities, and we’re making progress towards that goal”, he upheld.

In the afternoon portion of the event, Vice President Jorge Glas participated. He supported the actions taken in benefit of the most vulnerable.

The event also included a fair to showcase inclusive entrepreneurial programs, learning, advanced prosthesis workshops, among others.

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