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Accessibility Program

The Chamber of Deputies has come a long way to become accessible to all people. Since 2004, the Program of Social Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities, currently named Accessibility Program of the Chamber of Deputies, was created based on the existing federal legislation and on a series of principles and recommendations.

The teams working on the program have been implementing several adaptations in the Chamber, in order to meet the needs of people with physical, hearing, visual and intellectual disabilities, eliminating architectural, attitudinal and communicational barriers, besides training employees who work in serving this public.

With that, we hope to contribute to eliminate prejudices, fight social inequalities, disseminate respect for differences and make the Chamber an example of social responsibility in Public Administration.

The Chamber already has a good structure to welcome people with disabilities and meet their needs. Among the actions carried out, we can briefly mention:

  • refurbished and adapted toilets in the buildings which compose the House’s architectural complex; renovated and adapted Committee plenaries;
  • a tribune which is accessible via platform lift in the Ulysses Guimarães Plenary;
  • lowered curbs;
  • construction of access ramps;
  • visual and braille signs;
  • residential facilities and parliamentary offices adapted to deputies with disabilities;
  • handrails on stairs, some signalled in braille;
  • reserved parking spaces in parking lots, in compliance with legislation;
  • assistive technology equipment available (self-service terminals, braille printer, wheelchairs and motorized tricycles for visitors);
  • adapted vans and buses in the vehicle fleet;
  • sensitization lectures and training courses for employees;
  • accessible pages on the Internet Portal of the Chamber;
  • development and installation of an optical system of electronic voting and an electronic voting machine with recognition of head movements in the Ulysses Guimarães Plenary;
  • laws in audio format available on the Internet;
  • tactile model of the National Congress for visitors; plenary sessions and several TV Câmara shows broadcast with interpretation of Libras (Brazilian Sign Language) and caption;
  • book sanitization services performed in the Center of Documentation and Information by APAE-DF students.