Wheelchairs for the disabled in France will be paid for by the state

Starting next year, the French government will cover 100% of the expenses incurred by families to buy a wheelchair for a person with a disability. This was announced by President Emmanuel Macron at the sixth national conference on disabled people this week. The Elysée president outlined the priorities for the next political maneuver to support the nearly 10 million people with disabilities living in the country. Among these, priority will be given to greater accessibility to buildings, education and employment. The realization of the “social justice” goals will be supported by an allocation of 1.5 billion euros. “This is a heavy budget limit,” Macron said, noting that this plan would begin by the summer.

According to the president, these funds will provide better access to public spaces through the removal of permanent architectural barriers and the construction of new roads suitable for wheelchair users. Also, some of the spending will make schools more inclusive, especially since Macron always said that “every first-level institution will henceforth have at least one support teacher.” For the French administrator, education spaces need to be “sustainably transformed” to accommodate the more than 430,000 students with disabilities currently enrolled. Finally, with regard to employment, the French employment agency, polar employit will provide a targeted path that will allow them to “develop a professional project” that will place them in the business world.

As reported by Euractiv, the budget provided will, first of all, have to cover the expenses incurred by each family with one or more dependents to purchase a wheelchair, which will be fully covered from 2024 and part of the costs incurred. to hire a domestic worker. “Our aim is to propose a paradigm shift that meets the expectations of people with disabilities,” said Geneviève Darrieussecq, minister for disability at the opening of the conference.

Despite the recommendations, the conference was boycotted by Collectif Handicaps, which brought together more than 50 associations due to the “lack of ambition” of the French administration. Stéphane Lenoir, coordinator of the collective, said the associations demanded a more proactive policy with “multi-annual budget planning” that can “guarantee effective access to the rights of people with disabilities”. According to Lenoir, this conference was supposed to be an opportunity to address the shortcomings highlighted by the Council of Europe last 17 April. difficult integration of children and adolescents into schools, as well as health services. Elysée said the event took more than six months to prepare and there will be several opportunities to open roundtables with spokespersons from the associations. measures of “social justice”.

Source: Today IT