Raising awareness about the importance of including people with disabilities in different social aspects and ensuring accessibility in different ways is part of the goals of the São Paulo City Council. And for that, I worked in different ways.
In healthcare, digital access is one of the highlights. The Municipal Health Administration (SMS) has the Digital Seal of Accessibility, an initiative of the Municipal Administration for Persons with Disabilities (SMPED), which aims to encourage the practice of inclusion on the web in accordance with the Brazilian Inclusion Law, which defines the obligation to access websites of companies or governments, enabling Ensures that information reaches everyone.
When the topic is medical care for this population, the capital of São Paulo has 469 Basic Health Units (UBSs), where the first assessment is made. After that, the patient is referred to specialized services such as the Specialized Rehabilitation Center (CER), the Integrated Rehabilitation Center (NIR) and the Integrated Hearing Health Center (Nisa).
There are 33 rehabilitation units in the capital, 29 emission reduction units, three early warning units, and Niza, where medical teams assess cases to begin monitoring and rehabilitation, as well as prescribe and order orthotics, prosthetics and mobility aids, such as a wheelchair.
In addition, the capital’s SUS (Unified Health System) network provides magnifying glasses, lenses, special eyeglasses, articulated crutches, hearing aids, FM (Frequency Modulated) crutches, crutches, insoles, vests, lower and upper prostheses, and permanent training in Libras, sign language.
Citizens also enjoy free maintenance and repair services for wheelchairs, orthoses, prosthetics and mobility aids such as crutches, crutches and walkers, through the Paraoficina Móvel programme.
Services are mainly provided in CERs, which schedule people who need the service. The person must present a SUS card and photo identification document to receive care. Depending on the complexity of the repair, services are sent to the AACD Ibirapuera Orthopedic Workshop, a reference organization in the rehabilitation and rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities and neuro-orthopedic needs, which is the municipality’s partner in this initiative.
Recently, on October 6, SMS launched a new version of the Comprehensive Territory Project, which will ensure access to public health services for women with disabilities and their caregivers.
The service will be provided by Basic Health Units (UBSs), which are responsible for providing places for medical consultations, qualified listening and preventive examinations for breast and cervical cancer on the first Wednesday of every month. The initiative will run until September 2022 and expects to serve more than 33,000 women within a year.
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