the author every step of the way in this endeavour, that has fully met each andevery one of the difficult expectations it entailed.Thanks are, therefore, due from the Club of Rome to the author and all of thepeople who assisted him along this intellectual journey that will help us continue tothink globally while acting locally to promote the wellbeing of each and every oneof our fellow human beings and of those who will succeed us in the future.
The Report of the Club of Rome --- the ONCE and the ONCE Foundation intheir fight for the integration, equality and dignity of people withdisabilitiesMiguel Carballeda Piñeiro, President of the ONCECarlos Rubén Fernández Guitiérrez, Vice President of the ONCE andPresident of the ONCE Foundation
The National Organisation of the Blind of Spain is celebrating its 65
anniversaryand the 65 years it has worked for the social emancipation of the blind and theseverely visually impaired in Spain. It was fifteen years ago that the ONCEcreated its Foundation as its vehicle for cooperating with people with other, non-visual disabilities to work for their social integration as well.All of these years of experience in working for integration and equality have taughtus that convincing society of the full dignity of people with any type of disability isa truly arduous task that sometimes seems to be so complex that it is almostimpossible to fulfil. However, when people with disability accept the crude realityof their lives and, always aware of their limitations, decide to fight to overcomethem, their willpower to succeed almost always vanquishes the difficulties theyface. When the families of people with disabilities and associations in the DisabilityMovement decide to take action together and in a proactive way, people withdisability make their voices heard loud and clear, and they succeed in carving outa niche for themselves in society. When social policies make the necessaryresources and the right conditions available they help attenuate the disadvantageslinked to disability, and make a real contribution to promoting integration. Whensociety and each and every one of us shoulder our responsibility from an ethicaland human standpoint, forming common cause with our fellow human beings,society is transformed. It begins to recognise and respect each of its members, nomatter what their personal characteristics may be. It is then that we can seeourselves reflected in each other, and truly do for others as we would have themdo for us. When all of this becomes reality, the sense of utopia will melt away tobecome a real, palpable society where each of us has a place.The ONCE and its Foundation are highly satisfied with the report on the
TheFuture of People with Disability in the World
because of the wealth of analyses it offers from many different perspectives, very much in line with our ownphilosophy, culture and practical reality. We would like to express our thanks tothe Club of Rome for deciding to take on board the problems facing people with