Budapest’s new mayor Gergely Karácsony signed a letter of intent on cooperation with civil organisations aimed at improving care and accessibility in the city for people living with disabilities on Tuesday, marking the International Day of Disabled Persons.
“Budapest must become a city of solidarity. It will do its utmost to make sure that disabled persons and people who provide care for their elderly relatives do not feel left alone with their problems,” the mayor said prior to signing the document together with the head of the Step by Step! Association.
“Budapest must become a city with a heart. It will be a city that takes steps to ensure everyone has access to public transport and all the public institutions,” Karácsony said.
He added that the municipality would always consult the civil organisations before taking decisions affecting disabled people.
Anett Csordás, the leader of the association of families caring for disabled children, said the initiative has already been joined by 14 civil organisations. The letter of intent has already been signed by 16 districts and talks with another five are ongoing, she added.
The cooperation includes improving basic social care, housing conditions and accessibility of public buildings, and launching an information platform in all 23 districts.
The UN General Assembly designated Dec. 3 as International Day of Disabled Persons in 1992.