Deaf Movement of Catanduva demonstrates today at City Hall

Deaf Movement of Catanduva demonstrates today at City Hall
Deaf Movement of Catanduva demonstrates today at City Hall

The objective is to achieve improvements in the use of Libras in places such as hospitals, pharmacies, stores and banks

Led by Andrei Rodrigo Cássia, the Movimento Deaf plans to hold a demonstration today, the 23rd, at 1 pm, at the City Hall of Catanduva. The reason is the lack of access and the continuous struggle for the rights of the deaf community in the city and region.

According to Andrei, deaf people are part of the group, as is his case, interpreters, teachers and hearing family members, as well as groups and organizations that represent them.

He also says that, so far, they do not act in an official way as they do not constitute an association. Even so, they continue with the objective of conquering important claims. “This group of people fights for better conditions of life, work, education, health, dignity and citizenship every day”, highlights Andrei.

The demonstration precedes the National Day of the Deaf, celebrated on the 26th of this month, and seeks to improve the lack of use of Libras in places such as hospitals, pharmacies, stores and banks, for example.

For Andrei, the virtual assistant called Hand Talk is not enough on these occasions. In this way, he and the movement ask for more commitment from the government to solve the accessibility problem.

“Society needs to wake up, because it is through this language that the deaf community will interact in society, build their identity and exercise citizenship, this is the true form of social inclusion”, says Andrei.

The young man, who is the only deaf person in his family, says that he has always suffered a lot from the lack of accessibility and has become dependent on his family members.

“[Por isso] I started making videos for the Internet as a way to help the inclusion of deaf society. At 31 years old, I always looked for experience in several things, as a photographer, graphic designer, but it was always very difficult to find work being PCD (People with Disabilities)”, he says.

The article is in Portuguese

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