For the recognition of older people and people with disabilities in the new Constitution

Ilustración que muestra distintas personas en una ciudad: una mujer mayor con un bastón, una niña con síndrome de down, un niño en silla de ruedas y una pelota, una mujer mayor haciendo ejercicio, un hombre mayor y un hombre ciego con un perro guía.

“These notes seek to contribute to the incorporation of these two groups in the new Constitution, a recognition that responds to a historical demand and that is also an urgent change that is required to advance in the incorporation of these people into spaces of full community, social and political participation”, say Claudia Miranda (MICARE director) and Marcela Tenorio (alternate director MICARE) in the presentation of this document.

Prepared by the Law academics of Universidad Austral de Chile, Eduardo Marchant and Pablo Marshall (also an adjunct researcher at our institute), the document “Notes for the incorporation and treatment of people with disabilities and the elderly in the new Constitution” was delivered from MICARE to the Constitutional Convention of Chile.

The notes include 3 central topics:

  1. The welfare approach as the paradigm to overcome.
  2. The rights approach as the paradigm to establish.
  3. Proposal of contents to address in the constitutional provisions for the elderly and people with disabilities.

In this third point, the document addresses six key principles that the new Constitution of Chile should consider:

  • Recognition as full subjects of rights.
  • Equality and non-discrimination.
  • Inclusion and participation.
  • Accessibility.
  • Sign Language.
  • Active ageing.

Easy-to-Read version:

In addition, to show the accessibility standard that the new Constitution should have, we deliver a version that meets the international Easy-To-Read standard, built thanks to the work of people with intellectual disabilities who validated this document.