Podemos activist is Spain’s first deaf senatorby Ivano Abbadessa - 2015.07.09
For the first time in Spain, a deaf woman will take a seat on benches of the Senate. Pilar Lima, from Valencia, is the leader of Podemos, the party founded by Pablo Iglesias. The new senator has for years worked in activism for social and human rights. It's easy to imagine the collective satisfaction of people with hearing impairments. They say that this will not only show commitment from the upper house to diversity among its members, but also to diversity of languages in the same institution. Pilar Lima, in fact, uses the Spanish sign language to communicate. The news confirms Spain's ability to integrate disability. Many may also remember the story of Angela Bachiller, who, in July 2013, became the first city councillor with Down's Syndrome in the history of the Iberian Peninsula.
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