Palermo will be the first Italian city to host Disability Pride Italia, to be held in conjunction with the United States partners. Organized by Movis onlus and Parent Project with the collaboration of the City of Palermo and Cesvop, this event aims at making the case for upholding the rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: a pledge that was also backed by the European Parliament.
The opening day on July the 8th, as well as all other engagements, represents an opportunity to learn more about the issues concerning the lives of men and women with disabilties, and to share the experiences related to assistance practices for the disabled, inclusion programs, urban and touristic accessibility, as well as architectural and mental barriers. Each day consists of three sessions: Lectures, Film and Concert. A Disability Village will supply visitors with info and references of the non for profit organizations working for people with disabilities.
The event kicks off on Friday 8th at 4.30 pm at the Sala De Seta Cultural Shipyards of the Zisa palace in Palermo with a conference. Also on the agenda is the screening of the movie The Sessions followed by a Jazz Workshop. The rest of the week will be marked by occasions for sharing experiences and concerts.
Finally, on Sunday the 10th at around 4 pm, the mayor of New York Bill de Blasio will join in via videoconference. Thanks to the mayor's presence, the organizers hope to strengthen the cooperation with their American peers and brand as “global" the common commitment regarding the implementation of the rights of the disabled.
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Cover Photo: Stephanie Keith:Getty Images Disability Pride NY 2015