Unict, aid for disabled students not yet activated. “We are waiting for answers. There is a refusal to study the right”

The will of the Government led by Mario Draghi is to ensure for all students the resumption of lessons and attendance, inclusive University students. In the case of the University of Catania, one has to wait for a total return to the classroom at the moment. While you wait to understand how the attendance will take place in the second semester, waited at the University of Catania Responses from the competent authorities regarding thepersonal hygiene assistance dedicated to disabled students. The service, which is responsible for providing the necessary assistance to the users who have the right to do so, is carried out by the specified staff. Before the pandemic broke out, it was guaranteed by the Metropolitan City (formerly Regional Province). May from 2020 Things would change. Since then, finding out who is in charge of the service has remained a mystery no answer came. To illustrate the question a MeridioNews In the Massimo OliveriLecturer and President of the Cinap – Center for the active and participatory integration of disability and DSA services – from the University of Catania. “Before the start of the academic year, students who enrolled at Cinap filled out the training plans in which they require support activities – explains Oliveri – This year about 15 students asked us for the service, but at the moment we have not received an answer ».

The will of the Government led by Mario Draghi is to ensure for all students the resumption of lessons and attendance, inclusive University students. In the case of the University of Catania, one has to wait for a total return to the classroom at the moment. While you wait to understand how the attendance will take place in the second semester, waited at the University of Catania Responses from the competent authorities regarding thepersonal hygiene assistance dedicated to disabled students. The service, which is responsible for providing the necessary assistance to the users who have the right to do so, is carried out by the specified staff. Before the pandemic broke out, it was guaranteed by the Metropolitan City (formerly Regional Province). May from 2020 Things would change. Since then, finding out who is in charge of the service has remained a mystery no answer came. To illustrate the question a MeridioNews In the Massimo OliveriLecturer and President of the Cinap – Center for the active and participatory integration of disability and DSA services – from the University of Catania. “Before the start of the academic year, students enrolled at Cinap have completed the training plans in which they require support activities – explains Oliveri – This year about 15 students asked us for the service, but at the moment we have not received an answer ».

Oliveri wrote last August 5th allRegional Counselor for Education and Vocational Training, Mayor of the Metropolitan City of Catania e the manager of the department of social and employment policies to restore the service, but are still waiting for answers. “We offer tutoring for educational activities and transportation, however we do not have the funds to guarantee personal hygiene care – he clarifies – Even if the lessons do not take place in personlast year a student must participate but we could not offer support. The appointment of Federico Portuguese as the extraordinary commissioner of the metropolitan city can only be positive news: he was director general of the university ». In the expectation that the Portuguese and Oliveri will be able to confront each other at a specific meeting, if the subject is not released, there is a risk that many students will not be able to if the courses start again.

The problem concerns not only the students who go to university, but also those of the secondary schools to get to Rome. With a question from February 15, the Senator of the Brothers of Italy Tiziana Drago, together with my colleague Giovanna Petrenga presented them a question to Disability Minister Erika Stefani with which they asked if the ministry was aware of what was happening at Catania University and – if so – what action it intended to take. “I intervened to resolve the case: up to date it is not clear whose competence it is – Drago tells this newspaper – The metropolitan city has dealt with the secondary and they tell me that the service has been discontinued. Where as far as the university is concerned, the regional school office and the regional councilors they must respond to requests from Cinap“.

How its competencies and who it would be to provide personal hygiene assistance to disabled students has been discussed in recent years. Recently, you have Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchthewhich specified that you Ata Personal (School collaborators) – ie by state competence – provides basic personal assistance: this is the set of services that includes access to external areas of the structures and accompaniment of the exit, personal care and use of diversified student toilets. Some speech – as reported by the website of the Ministry of Education – is being made for Specialist assistance, which includes all services provided with “With specialized staff, dedicated to students with physical disabilities and consistent problems of autonomy”. This set of services also includes the communications officer and deals of students with sensory disabilities. This service is of competence of local territorial bodies. However, the terms may vary by region to stay in limbo of interpretations it is the case of universities.

In the case of university students, the Regional Court of Justice has administratively stated how “School integration by the person with a disability in the common sections and classes of the schools of each type and level e in universities it is determined to be realized mainly through the conclusion of program agreements between local authorities, School bodies and local health authorities for the purpose of coordinated planning ». However, in the cases of severe handicap the Cgareferring to the second section of the 2004 Regional Law, he noted that “it remains without prejudice to the competence of the regional provinces (Metropolitan cities) when the subjects that are helped go to high school and others High schools and universities.remains with the state through the school administrationHe writes in the question. This transfer of competences between institutions – concludes Parliament – did nothing but aggravate the problembecause the lack of personal hygiene assistance prevents students with disabilities who should benefit from participation in school or university life ”.

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