Programming of the special meeting brings activities for children and the unveiling of the new doll that will be one of the space mascots, the first 100% inclusive park in Brazil
This Saturday (24/09) is the day to gather children, family and friends for a special event at UNA Parque, dedicated to the National Day of Struggle for Persons with Disabilities, celebrated on September 21st. The day’s schedule starts at 2 pm, with face painting and popcorn and cotton candy carts. Then, at 4 pm, will be the reveal of the doll that will be the new space mascot, inspired by the 11-year-old boy Thalison Moreira de Jesus, who had a leg amputated after a bus accident in September 2019.
The event will have speeches by para-athlete Andréa Pontes, president of the National Accessibility Union (UNA), the boy Thalison and his mother, Fernanda Moreira de Jesus, in addition to the district deputy Delmasso, supporter of the project. “Thalison is a beautiful boy, strong and full of life. He always comes to the park with that smile on his face, and that caught my attention. I love his joy, especially seeing him playing football here in the park”, says Andréa.
Returning home from school three years ago, Thalison fell out of the bus that was taking him after a prank call with a classmate. He was left hanging by the backpack and his leg was injured. Even after three surgeries, doctors had to amputate the boy’s leg above the knee. The adaptation to the new condition took a few months, with psychological support and the support of other people with disabilities.
“Even after the accident, he’s still the same kid, thank God. He is calm, but also very lively, and likes to play and study”, says the boy’s mother, Fernanda Moreira de Jesus, who met UNA after an invitation to visit the space on a tour. “The space brings joy and happiness to many people, as they are able to adapt to different activities on their new journey. It’s a big project, and we’re excited for this Saturday’s event,” she comments.
Now in its third edition, UNA Parque is the first 100% inclusive park in Brazil and currently occupies an area close to Parking 10 of Parque da Cidade, in Brasília (DF). The initiative is from the União Nacional de Acessibilidade, an NGO chaired by Andréa Pontes, which started with a paracanoe team in 2014. UNA has a YouTube channel and, through the park, offers more than 10 sports practices and inclusive activities for people with or without disabilities, including paracanoeing, climbing, diving, archery, among others.
“I’m looking forward to it, it will be a beautiful event, full of integration between people with and without disabilities. This is a visibility date and we have to take advantage of it to make people aware of the importance of accessibility and social inclusion”, adds Andréa. In addition to the Thalison-inspired doll, which will open this weekend, the space has another one inspired by the boy Samuel, with Down Syndrome.
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National Day of Struggle for People with Disabilities 2022 event & unveiling of Thalison puppet
Where: UNA Parque, Parking 10 of the City Park
When: Saturday (24/09), from 14:00 to 17:00
Registration for activities at UNA Parque available on the official website