Living without limits
Autonomy and rights for persons with disabilities
Strategic actions in the fields of education, work, health, social assistance and accessibility to improve skills and opportunities
INVESTMENTS TOTALING R$7.6 BILLION TO PROMOTE AUTONOMY AND ELIMINATE BARRIERS
Launched on November 17, 2011, the National Plan on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Living without Limits is part of the government’s commitment to promote and ensure equal opportunities for all, reducing the barriers that exclude or limit the social life of people with disabilities.
The Plan provides for various actions in education, health, social inclusion and accessibility that will benefit 23.9% of the Brazilian population (45.6 million people, according to the Census 2010) with some type of disability. The actions are divided into four strategic pillars.
ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Active search of children and adolescents with disabilities in age group 0-18 years who are out of school and are beneficiaries of the Old Age and Disability Grant (Benefício de Prestação Continuada - BPC na Escola), raising the number of beneficiaries from 229,000 to 378,000.
Establish over 17,000 Multipurpose Resource Rooms and upgrade existing ones. In total, 45,000 schools in Brazil will have Multipurpose Resource Rooms by 2014.
Funding for the architectural adaptation and acquisition of Assistive Technology goods and services for 42,000 public schools.
Acquisition of 2,609 school buses equipped with easy access to transport 60,000 students with mobility problems.
Hiring of more than 1,200 professionals, including Brazilian Sign Language (LIBRAS) teachers and translators-interpreters, to ensure communication accessibility for students with hearing impairment and/or deafness in Federal Institutions of Higher Education (Instituições Federais de Educação Superior – IFES).
Support for over 200 projects for the creation, expansion and strengthening of Accessibility Centers in IFES, increasing fourfold the current number of supported projects by 2014.
Creation of 27 higher education courses in Language and Literature/LIBRAS, increasing the number of places from 1,800 to 2,700 places a year. Creation of 12 higher education courses in Bilingual Education (LIBRAS / Portuguese), with 480 places / year.
At least 5% reserve of places in courses under the Training Grant - one of the actions of PRONATEC - for people with disabilities, resulting in the supply of at least 150,000 reserved places.
In 2011, the Accessible School Program provided funding for the renovation of 12,000 schools in the regular education system through the Money Directly to School Program (Programa Dinheiro Direto na Escola - PDDE). Another 30,000 schools will benefit from the Program by 2014.
Expansion and upgrading of the early identification and intervention in disabilities, with the introduction of new tests in Newborn Screening in all states by 2014.
Establish clinical protocols in Primary Health Care services of the Unified Health System (Sistema Único de Saúde - SUS) for persons with Down syndrome; autism spectrum disorders; cerebral palsy and people who have suffered spinal cord injury; cerebral vascular accident (CVA); amputations; and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Creation of 45 new Specialized Rehabilitation Centers to increase access to and provision of qualified services, through the creation of the Network of Health Care for Persons with Disabilities, linked to SUS, to attend to hearing, visual, intellectual and physical disabilities throughout Brazil by 2014.
Acquisition of vehicles to transport low-income patients with disabilities and/or reduced mobility. Set up six local and 13 itinerant orthopedic workshops (seven by road and six by river) for the manufacturing, adaptation, customization and maintenance of prostheses and orthoses and mobility aids, with priority to the North and Northeast regions. Existing workshops will also be upgraded to ensure the provision of services in all states.
Training of health professionals at technical and higher levels in orthotics and prosthetics, to work in the workshops.
Upgrading of dental care to persons with disabilities according to their specific needs, for the purpose of improving specialized dental care centers and surgical centers.
Implement 27 Daytime Reference Centers for People with Disabilities, one in each state, to ensure specialized day care and support services to people with high levels of dependency and in a situation of extreme poverty, social isolation, abandonment and/or negligence.
Promote access to employment for people with disabilities in age group 16-45 years, with low educational levels, who are beneficiaries of the Old Age and Disability Grant (BPC). The BPC Work Program (Programa BPC Trabalho) will include household visits to assess the potential for work and referral to professional training.
Creation of approximately 200 residences to shelter people with disabilities by 2014.
As a result of changes in BPC rules (Decree 7.617/2011 and Law No. 12.470/2011), beneficiaries may enter the labor market and participate in professional training programs without losing the benefit.
In the My House, My Life 2 Program, all 1.2 million houses for low-income families will be adaptable. Home adaptation kits will also be available to at least 3% of Program beneficiaries.
Inclusion of accessibility in constructions under the PAC Urban Mobility program and constructions to the World Cup, as provided for in Law No. 12587 of January 3, 2012.
A special credit line from Banco do Brasil has been created to finance goods and services that contribute to the accessibility, motor independence, autonomy and safety of people with disabilities.
Individuals with a monthly income of up to 10 minimum wages can be granted loans at 0.64% interest per month and grace period of 180 days. Up to 100% of the cost of goods or services can be financed, with a limit of R$30,000 per person.
The list of products is available at www.bb.com.br/ creditoacessibilidade.
The National Reference Center in Assistive Technology was established in March 2012. In addition to the Center, 20 interdisciplinary regional centers will be established in partnership with scientific and technological institutions for the development of assistive technology, with a focus on prevention, rehabilitation and accessibility.
Preparation of the catalogue containing information on more than 1,200 products manufactured or distributed in Brazil for people with disabilities or reduced mobility. The catalogue is now available at http://assistiva.mct.gov.br/.
Specific research funding for the development of technologies focused on accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities, which result in products that can be incorporated into daily life, thus encouraging domestic production and boosting this supply chain.
Creation of five technology training centers for guide dogs instructors at a technical level, distributed in each of the Brazilian regions, by 2014. The center in the Southern region, which is located in Camboriú / SC, is already under construction.
More information at www.pessoacomdeficiencia. gov.br, which has all the accessibility features.