Today we celebrated World Cerebral Palsy Day in a very special event, organized by Aspace Madrid, in which many entities have participated. It has been a party, a celebration of life dancing and looking into each other’s eyes. But it has also been the time to remember that there are 111,000 people with cerebral palsy in Spain who demand the recognition of all their rights as persons. The main demand this year is linked to the right to sexuality and affectivity of this group. In the words of Álvaro Galán, president of Aspace Madrid: “So far he has looked the other way because he did not face the personal emotions that were generated by witnessing the signs of affection among people with cerebral palsy. These emotions are generated as a consequence of the unconscious and limiting beliefs that exist around people with paralysis. It is very important to recognize the right that all people have with indifference of abilities. Sexuality begins by having the right to a personal intimacy that allows us to feel worthy beings. Once we are able to facilitate environments that guarantee privacy, we can continue advancing in the process of affectivity and sexuality. We demand the right to have a partner, to sleep with her, or to lead a life like any other person with the right supports. ”
For all this, we can only say that we ALWAYS have to look directly at people with cerebral palsy and that it is everyone’s responsibility to build the society we want.
Flashmob in which we have participated to celebrate this special day: