Rio de Janeiro City Council

Rio de Janeiro City Council
Rio de Janeiro City Council

Today, April 2nd, the world celebrates World Autism Awareness Day and, throughout the month, in Blue April, actions are aimed at combating prejudice against Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In the Rio Chamber, the subject has been debated for years and transformed into laws that promote the inclusion of people with ASD.

One of the rules approved in the House, Law No. 7,804/2023 creates the Autistic Identification Card (CIA) for those with the diagnosis. It contains the address, the name of the person responsible, and a telephone number to facilitate identification and contact with family members.

The card can be issued free of charge, through an application completed and signed by the interested party or their legal representative. The request must be sent accompanied by a medical report and personal documents, as well as those of legal guardians.

Author of the law, councilor Dr. Rogerio Amorim (PL) talks about the benefits of the initiative. “Not every disability is visible, and with the CIA it will be possible to speed up care, reducing bureaucracy and facilitating access to public administrative institutions, avoiding embarrassment, delays in care and psychological distress”, argues the parliamentarian.

According to Rio City Hall, since the launch of the CIA last October, more than 1,300 units have been issued. The card can be requested via the Executive Branch’s website, under the “Autistic Spectrum Card” tab.

Preferential seats on public transport

In force since September last year, Law 8,054/2023 recognizes the right to preferential seating on public transport in the city of Rio for autistic people. The guideline includes the TEA symbol on seats, as a way to identify seats and encourage respect and inclusion.

For councilor Ulisses Marins (União), author of the measure, identification in modes helps to avoid embarrassment when exercising the right. “As ASD is often not apparent, people who live with this condition end up suffering discrimination, simply because they exercise their right to use preferential seats on public transport.”

Inclusion in municipal schools

The permanent Blue Week campaign was established through Law 7,557/2022. The objective is to raise awareness among the population about the inclusion of people with ASD and multiple disabilities in public schools, explaining to students the specificities and needs of the student body.

One of the purposes is to teach students the meanings of the symbols contained in the priority assistance signs in the city, especially that of autism. To achieve this, institutions will be able to promote lectures, conversation circles, among other initiatives that promote awareness about ASD.

According to the text of the law, the campaign must be carried out at the beginning of school classes, helping to integrate students and guarantee the best school environment. “Inclusion is not just a challenge for teachers. It encompasses students and education professionals and the start of classes is essential for creating a welcoming school environment”, highlighted councilor Tânia Bastos (Rep), author of the standard.

The article is in Portuguese

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