This past Friday, officials organized the Provincial Congress on Disability in the city of La Plata, in the Buenos Aires Province, to highlight the complicated situation of disabled Argentinians and debate solutions to the community’s problems.

“Debating and making visible the distinct situations and obstacles that the disabled population faces, such as the realization of their rights, is the goal of our work,” said the Caja de Abogados president Daniel Burke. One of the organization’s successes was the installation of mechanical ramps, elevators, and other accessibility measures in judicial buildings – such as courthouses and prosecutor’s offices – in the Buenos Aires Province.


Disabled citizens face many obstacles to employment. The right to access ramps, bathrooms for people with disabilities, documents translated into braille and other mechanisms adapted for labor are a few of the necessities for such professionals. Infobae picked up a report stating that 71 percent of Argentine businesses do not have employees with disabilities. According to Argentina’s 2010 census, 60 percent of the disabled population is unemployed.

Although 39 percent of companies have a program or policy that promotes the integration of people with disabilities, much is to be done in public and private companies. After Argentina ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006, the government has moved slowly toward implementing provisions into domestic law.

In order to improve accessibility to work for all citizens, President Mauricio Macri and Vice President Gabriela Michetti – who is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair herself – announced the National Plan for Disability earlier this year at the Kirchner Cultural Center.

Their plan is intended to create “an inclusive Argentine, where all people have the opportunity to develop themselves and grow.” The new plan aims to provide more health services, education, access to work, and accessibility for the 5 million disabled citizens of Argentina.