In mid-July, Rome hosted a large parade of disabled people. It went through the most famous, awe-inspiring place in the city, all to remind everyone that people with disabilities are a large group in a society that is still struggling with an exclusion, is forgotten and notoriously treated like air. Rome is a three-million-strong metropolis that was created several thousand years ago. It can not be denied that this is one of the most unsuitable for use by people with disabilities cities in Europe. Amazing ancient architecture - it will take your breath away just after you cross the gates of the eternal city, while it will give a headache to anyone who is forced to move in a wheelchair. Narrow streets, giant crowds and traffic jams are just the tip of the mountain of difficulty that you have to face there. Associations and representatives of people with disabilities have been fighting for years to comply with new legal regulations regarding architectural changes, the introduction of which is necessary to simply enable normal functioning of disabled people. Although the new law requires the use of new logistics solutions, it is notoriously ignored by Italian officials.
Italy is a country where for many years the problem of social exclusion is a giant issue. Institutions directly connected with people with disabilities lead a kind of battle with the government, but also a battle with the Italian mentality, which deeply rooted in history is extremely resistant to all arguments. According to statistics, over 3.5 million people in Italy are affected by various types of disabilities. Initiator (already 4th in the history) of the parade - Carmelo Comisi emphasizes that you can not give up and try to take a step forward each day, believes that being in the spot is the worst possible solution.
The parade once again was a manifestation of the need for change, demands addressed directly to politicians were presented, but also the event was aimed at drawing the attention of Italian society to the problem. Stop being excluded. Stop ignorance. Stop discrimination. Statements with which we agree 100% and we hope very much that soon Italy will become a more friendly country for people with disabilities, and today's problems will be solved once and for all.