Monica Portero seeks to improve life for disabled citizens

An online petition seeks to gather signatures to support a request to the regional government to do more to support disabled citizens.

Friday 8th January 2021 | MIKE SMITH

Mayor José Chulvi listened to the concerns of Mónica Portero Fernández, a resident of Xàbia suffering from spina bifida and hydrocephalus who is leading a campaign to make disability visible and change mentalities in society.

The young woman has been collecting signatures through an online petition – you can visit it via the button below – through which she wants to request that the Cortes Valencianas does more to raise awareness and make more visible cases such as hers so that young people can lead a happy and full life in public spaces that have been better adapted for them and a society that is more inclusive.

During the online meeting, the mayor promised to support Monica’s reach out to the Cortes Valencianas as well as promote initiatives at a local level to improve accessibility. He will also put her in touch with Laura Soler, the first regional deputy in a wheelchair at regional government so that she can learn about her experience and the initiatives she is taking to eliminate the architectural barriers in Valencian chambers.