Through David Saint Sernin
“What I did yesterday was the last battle in the war we have fought for 24 years.”
Wednesday 6 October 2021, Olivier Gutierrez spent the day perched on a crane 40 meters high and located in the town of Cugnaux (Haute Garonne), near Toulouse. A risky action, carried out for his disabled son, Axel, aged 24.
A deadlocked family
For many months now, Axel has been waiting to be able to integrate a specialized center in the Gers. Except that nothing is moving administratively. With disastrous consequences for the young man as for his parents.
A family stalemate that we told you about on Wednesday.
“We will remain vigilant”
In the aftermath of this cry from the dizzying heart, the Gutierrez family managed to get the authorities to move.
“The Occitanie Regional Health Agency has undertaken to create an additional place in the Castel Saint-Louis establishment in Ordan-Larroque (32) and the departmental council, to finance the place, at the latest by the 15th December. We are contained. Axel who had nightmares at night slept much better. We will still remain vigilant. We won’t be really relieved until he has joined his new center, ”explains Chantal Gutierrez, Axel’s mother.
Welcoming disabled people
This victory does not, however, make the Gutierrez couple forget the overall problem of welcoming disabled people in France.
Olivier is indignant: “When you have a disabled child, you have to be patient and with several other weapons, otherwise, you get laminated. Far too many families are currently waiting for a place. There are so many people who give up because opposite, they are doctors, politicians, people in high places and they are nothing… The way we treat people with disabilities in this country is n ‘ is no longer eligible ”.
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