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THE FUTURE OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITYIN THE WORLD
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITYREPORT TO THE CLUB OF ROMEby RAFAEL DE LORENZO GARCÍAAnkara, October of 2002
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PROLOGUES
A Timely ReportH.R.H. Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, President of the Club of Rome
When in 1968 Aurelio Peccei founded the Club of Rome, he wanted to create anorganisation that would serve as a forum to animate debate about theopportunities and challenges facing Humankind at the many crossroads of thefuture. Of the challenges ahead, those that awoke perhaps the most interest spokeabout preserving the dignity of each person, and making the changes, in both lawand private and collective conduct that would help us build a more just worldinspired by a sense of solidarity. The new world would be a place where our humanand cultural diversity would be prized, while the inhabitants of the planet wouldstrengthen ties through solidarity with each other and with future generations.For this reason, when the Club of Rome commissioned Rafael de Lorenzo to drawup the report on the future of people with disability throughout the world that ispublished here, its motivation was to elucidate new perspectives for disability inthe world today, and to identify the steps of the journey that people with disabilitymust travel towards effective integration into the life of the community. This journey will require specific measures to combat discrimination, reinforced withpositive action to promote the inclusion that we are all working towards. While thisitinerary will reward people with disability in their to claim to their unalienableequal rights, it will also give us a model that can be used to defend the value of human diversity, and that can be wielded to fight against exclusion on the groundsof any type of personal difference.Hence, the Report that Rafael de Lorenzo presented to the Annual Conference of the Club of Rome in Ankara in the fall of 2002, and that was approved after theincorporation of the suggestions arising from its analysis and debate, provides atext that speaks not only of the emancipation of people with disability, but of theemancipation of each and every one of us. The Report is not only a vindication of the rights of the disabled, it is a manifesto to endow all human beings with thewherewithal to give the best of themselves to our common cultural, social andeconomic heritage. As the author reminds us in his final considerations, we cannotafford to squander the resources that each of us nurtures inside.It was, therefore, a source of satisfaction for the Club of Rome to receive the earlyedition of this Report printed in Spanish thanks to the generous and on-goingsupport of the ONCE – the National Organization of the Blind of Spain – and itsFoundation. This first version immediately conveyed the unequivocal message thatwe must all strive to build a collective heritage that will only be strengthenedevery time we treat each other as fellow human beings. Our collective heritagegrows every time we work to ensure that nobody’s personal circumstances willever constitute an insurmountable barrier to inclusion and to the solidarity we oweeach other. It is also a source of satisfaction to know that behind the Report is allthe enthusiasm of the exemplary institution that is the ONCE and its Foundation,and the dynamism of the Spanish Chapter of the Club of Rome that have backed
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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 Run Fernández Guitrrez, Vice President of the ONCE andPresident of the ONCE Foundation
The National Organisation of the Blind of Spain is celebrating its 65
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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
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