President  Enrique Peña Nieto led the commemoration of the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and installed the National System for the Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.

The UN adopted this Convention in 2006 and today, eight years ago, the agreement signed, motivated and organized by Mexico entered into force.

"We are here today to reaffirm our commitment, which is not merely rhetorical. It is a commitment that goes beyond an expressed will and involves a general, effective goal of working for people with disabilities.”

People with disabilities have difficulty accessing public spaces and services; studying or securing a job that allows them to fulfill themselves. No one can say they will never have a disability, because most senior citizens end up with a reduction of their abilities. 

In Mexico, 6.6% of the population live in this condition. Every day, more than 7.6 million children, adolescents and adults face additional  challenges to achieving a full life. Many of them have no real, effective access to enjoying the rights enshrined in the Constitution.

Actions:

  • The National Program for the Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities was established.
  • The National Labor and Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities and the Fund for Public Transport Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities were also created.
  • CONADIS was incorporated into SEDESOL. This means a change of vision, to address disability not merely as a health issue but as one involving social inclusion.
  • Efforts have been made to strengthen the SEDATU and INFONAVIT accessible housing programs  and the 100 Per Cent Schools Program, stipulated in the universal accessibility program. 
  • There are tax incentives for businesses that hire people with disabilities.
  • The Mexican Standard for Labor Equality and Non-Discrimination is already in operation. 

“Since these are important actions, there is still some way to go. In this respect, we will focus on three immediate issues”: 

1. Harmonize legislation with the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Several reform bills will be submitted to Congress. 

2. Having information on the challenge of disability in Mexico. The president has issued instructions for CONADIS, in coordination with INEGI, to design a National Information System on Disability, with two basic components: a Disabled Persons’ Register and its Geo-referenced System.

3. Strengthen civil society participation in the design and implementation of public policies. This is a recognition of the contributions of civil society.

“Today, I confirm the government’s commitment to “listening to organizations working for persons with disabilities; and for them to know that we are very aware of you and that we will maintain this dialog permanently and continuously through the public agencies created for this purpose.”

"Let us make joint efforts and work together, let us walk hand in hand and keep alive the spirit that led to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: nothing about us, without us. We will continue working with you,” he said.