Gabriela – When we talk about accessibility, we mean eliminating barriers, opening opportunities, improving conditions, but, above all, connecting people, environments, and experiences. We know the more accessible a product or a space is, the more people we can reach. Considering this, Francesca, and that the participation of people in the event is going to be very diverse in terms of fields of work or action, could you share a little more about how you would like to reach more people through The Economy of Francesco and the proximity to the Seraphic Institute to sensitize them regarding this issue, but, above all, motivate them to build a world without barriers?
Francesca – That is precisely our hope! We need to change the culture that has the paradigm of the model around us. So, when we talk about accessibility and we talk about breaking down barriers, the first barriers are the cultural ones, they are the ones we have inside us. The other effort is to get to acknowledge that accessibility is not only about architectural barriers but about people who have physical disabilities. No, accessibility is about life as a whole. In this way, an aspect is especially close to my heart, that of the care for our health. Our healthcare around the world is not accessible to everyone. And it is not just an economic problem. Of course, there is also the whole economic aspect, because the logic of profit, of the company, and of savings is perverting in some way the Healthcare delivery. In many countries, the Healthcare delivery system is activated only when there is a probable recovery prognosis. And this is unacceptable because unhealable does not say untreatable. We can always take care of those who will never be healed. Our kids will never recover from their disability, they will never get better. But we are beside them to activate their resources, to help them live a full life.
There is another aspect from the merely economic one, which deals precisely with accessibility to care. Our systems are not designed for the person with disabilities, they are designed for example for the sick person. So, in many cases, we have infrastructures that are not suitable for people with disabilities. We have facilities that are not appropriate for people with disabilities and so many times care is denied to them. This happens in all countries of the world, so much so that there is worldwide research that tells us that people with disabilities are twice as likely not to have appropriate structures, and three times as likely to be denied treatment compared to others. These data are disturbing because they show us how society is building around the efficient person, around the perfect person, which is productive. And then we return to our initial statement that this is not the real person, the person is rather fragile. If we will build a society, starting from the least, starting from the most vulnerable, we would build a society for all. I spoke about the issue of health because I believe that the issue of health is related to that inequalities. As Martin Luther King said, health inequalities are the most truly inhumane. Health is connected to many other issues, not only the biological aspect but many aspects together. We know now that everything is connected, that you get sick because you lose a job and fall into depression, you get sick because you are poor, you get sick because you did not have the education that could equip you to know the correct lifestyles. So, I talked about this topic because it is one that I deal with on a daily basis. Let us be clear, however. Accessibility is a topic that demands that all the various dimensions of man be kept together. So, I would dream of accessible healthcare, accessible cities, accessible jobs, truly accessible to everyone and therefore we recognize that the topic is immense. There are many themes that will be dealt with in the villages, and I believe that in the villages we should set up a method to keep together the various dimensions of life.