Under this premise of empathy we have undertaken different types of actions to join efforts with local authorities, NGOs and other companies seeking to generate positive change in the region.
In this journey, we were led to work with disability in general and Down syndrome in particular. We understand that disability is only one step away from us, and that it represents a difficult challenge to overcome if one does not have the correct information and the material means to advance to a dignified future.
The concept of disability has undergone an extraordinary evolution throughout our history. For a large part of the 20th century, disability was perceived from an overly paternalistic welfare approach that reinforced dependency and attitudes of social and employment discrimination. In 2001, the World Health Organization (WHO) established a definition of disability that implies a before and after, and from where we establish our interpretations and horizons of meaning.
Disability is a human condition that generally encompasses a person's impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions:
- Deficiencies are problems that affect a body structure or function.
- Activity limitations are difficulties in executing actions or tasks.
- Participation restrictions are difficulties in relating to and participating in life situations
This definition recognizes the social context as a determining factor in a person's disability. And it is precisely in that common context that Grupo Gova decides to participate, it is the ground from which we start, projecting with hope and dignity towards the sky in the search of a new horizon.