(Photo Amstelveenweb.com – 2020)Jacqueline Höcker vice-chairman of Active for Amstelveen (AGM)
Jacqueline Höcker, vice-chair of the AVA: ‘In practice, it appears that little attention is paid to these groups of vulnerable people and that little account is taken of them in the street and in shopping centers. Disinfection devices are often set too high for people in wheelchairs, able-bodied people keep too little distance and there are many examples. ‘ Jacqueline thinks this is not possible and that it should receive more attention. That is why she asked the Mayor and Aldermen questions.
During the corona crisis, elderly people in nursing homes deservedly received attention. But almost nothing was heard about the groups of vulnerable people such as disabled, disabled and mentally handicapped people. It seems that these groups often depend only a little in terms of attention. These groups of people receive too little national attention, apart from some campaigns such as ‘Geen Dor Hout’.
Within the municipality of Amstelveen, no additional information is provided via warning signs, information in the media and how to take these groups into account to prevent them from becoming infected. AVA has spoken to people from these vulnerable groups. In the coming period, it is hoped that regional and national news will pay more attention to this problem. The question is whether and to what extent the municipality of Amstelveen is aware of this. In this context, AVA asks the following questions:
-Can the Commission inform us about what has been done in the meantime to draw attention to groups of vulnerable people, such as people with an intellectual disability, disabled and disabled people, in connection with the prevention of infection by the corona virus?
– Now that the number of infections is rising considerably, is the Commission prepared to draw attention in the media to take these groups of vulnerable people into account on the street, in shopping centers, during home visits, in parks and other places?
-Can the Commission inform us about possible complaints known to the municipality about compliance with measures in the vicinity of risk groups and if so, what do those complaints consist of? If not, is the Commission prepared to investigate this?
-AVA, Municipal Executive and the municipality of Amstelveen stand for an inclusive society. Does the Institute agree that the vulnerable groups of people referred to in point 1 must also receive extra attention from society in order to prevent contamination with the corona virus?
– Does the Commission have any other suggestions to provide these groups with extra attention, and what suggestions are they?