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Holguin Improving Life Quality of Impaired People
Yanelis Zamora Silva, a table tennis player from Holguin province. Photo archive
The second National Meeting for People with Severe Impairment that was held in the Cuban province of Holguin showed the state's commitment to those persons, and the need of continuing on sharing experiences to bring all forces closer and reach deeper conscience on the country's strata in need of more physical and social understanding.

Impaired people from all Cuban provinces and the especial municipality of Isla de la Juventud were present in the three-day meeting was held at the camping site in Playa Blanca beach, where delegates took part in many scientific and cultural activities.

MSc. Bernardo Borges Perez, a juridical advisor of the National Association of the Physically Impaired People (ACLIFIM), gave the lecture "Risks Prevention Before Situations of Disasters" as part of the scientific event "Impairment from the Scope of Human Rights.

"The International Convention on the Rights for Impaired People" reads that every state should assist and aid its citizens in emergency situation, so much natural disasters or any other event caused by men, wars, or of any other type," Borges Perez said.

"That's why, every state should implement actions on such a sense, and respect order and law and regulations," Borges Perez said.

"Emergency situations that might increase discrimination, aversion, fear and feelings of insecurity can worsen on the verge of a closer contact with "different people," he added.

To illustrate his presentation Borges Perez asked the following questions on the happening of emergency situations:
- Who deserves living or being assisted firstly?
- Who should be given more chances?
- Who can best guarantee the group's wellbeing, its continuity; therefore, being assisted with privileged conditions?

"When human beings are asked those questions, which are linked to survival, our beliefs, attitudes and values get socially and individually activated deep within us, in our prejudices, stereotypes, phobias, fears; which emerge threatening the rights of some people which we socially seen with minor prestige or value," ACLIFIM juridical advisor said.

"In Cuba, despite there is no specific bill on impairment, there is a political will, there is an instrument and there are norms and possibilities from the juridical point of view to establish and observe the mechanisms of that Convention," Borges Perez asserted.

During the event, the book Morir sin Rostro (Dying Faceless), by poet Jesus Zamora Avila, who is an ACLIFIM member from Camaguey province, was presented.

MsC. Manuel Riestra Lopez, the President of the ACLIFIM Scientific Commission explained that "37 works qualified for the event out of the 73 ones presented across the nation; among them seven testimonies and four audiovisual works."

Riestra Lopez said that the works covered a wide scope, among them "communication, family, socio-cultural factors, sports, community and education intervention, sexuality, juridical culture and employment."

On the quality of the works presented, 16 of them reached out the notable category, 15 qualified in the good outcomes field, and the most comprehensive work was presented by Sorilin Lopez Corcoba from the province of Holguin, who went over the social inclusion of people with physical functional diversity seen from an axiological conception to favor human development, whose main contribution is promoting diversity ad a value.

The work by Carlos Enrique Rodriguez, a reporter from the province of Artemisa, also stood out for the approach Mi mundo interno (My Inner World); also the work on the Development of Communication in students with no verbal brain paralysis, by Jesus Vazquez Campos, from Pinar del Rio province.

The shop on Severe Impairment by Francisco Gonzalez, from Mayabeque province; and the work Socio-cultural Factors that Influence in the Cultural Entertainment of the ACLIFIM's Amateur Movement, by MSc. Maria Rosa Gonzalez, from the municipality of Abreus, in Cienfuegos province, were also praised by the jury and delegates.

Other works acknowledged by the jury were: The Enrolment of Physically Impaired People to Work in the Province of Holguin. Juridical Regulation, by Elio Jose Matos; The Proposal of Exercises for the Development of Flexibility in physically impaired Table Tennis Players, of the categories TT-1 and TT-5, by Jorge Vega, from Holguin province; Educative intervention for the Development of Children with Brain Paralysis, by Clara Ruiz Espinosa, from Ciego de Avila; Proposal of Shops to Boost the Participation of Impaired People and their Families in Physical activities in the Community, by Orlando M. Abrahantes, from Camaguey province.

The ACLIFIM national vicepresident, Osvaldo Hidalgo Domínguez, acknowledged the organizing committee of Holguin province, the local authorities, and all the people and institutions that supported the event.

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