“It is very important to inform, raise awareness and sensitise society regarding people with disabilities,” underlined President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou in her message on Thursday for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
“We have a duty to protect their dignity and prosperity. First of all by taking steps to eliminate from their daily life the obstacles that make it difficult, starting from the easiest, their access to public transport, buildings, services and goods and finally reaching equality in healthcare and recovery, equality in education, cultivating skills and job opportunities,” she said.
The president urged Greeks to consider what it means for people with disabilities to be condemned by a physical infirmity to social exclusion or to living on the margins of society, unable to fulfill the social roles that they wanted and could have.
Sakellaropoulou also had a video call with the president of the National Confederation of People with Disabilities, Ioannis Vardakastanis, who briefed her on the problems facing people with disabilities, especially the additional difficulties arising due to the pandemic.