Metro joins forces with the Eurofirms Foundation to support employment integration with a mural painted by disabled people in Sol
Metro de Madrid, in collaboration with the Eurofirms Foundation and the Boa Mistura group of urban artists, presented an initiative at Sol metro station today that consisted of painting a 20-metre mural, in the form of a manifesto, with the aim of raising awareness of the need to facilitate access to the workplace for people with disabilities. The action also took place yesterday at Barcelona Metro's Arco de Triunfo station.
The mural will be permanently displayed in one of the corridors of Sol station. A group of people with disabilities were able to freely write or draw words or motifs related to their profession, creating a large tapestry of colours. In a second phase, the members of the Boa Mistura group painted a white background on the tapestry, so that the final phrase of the mural was highlighted: "I am here", stressing that the work they do is sometimes invisible and calling for the opportunities they would like to have access to.
The initiative coincides with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December. This is an action led by the Eurofirms Foundation, which works in Spain, Portugal and Chile for the inclusion of the disabled in society. Therefore, the action in Metro de Madrid is part of its "Hello, I'm here" campaign, with the aim of raising awareness of disability in the workplace through various initiatives, with the main message being that 4.3 million people in Spain have a disability, as well as many abilities. For their part, the artists' collective Boa Mistura has collaborated with Metro de Madrid on previous occasions. In fact, in the lobby of Chamartín station there is another mural executed in 2016 with the help of 60 people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. In this case, the phrase was taken from the "Rayuela" novel, by Julio Cortázar: "We walked without looking for each other, but knowing that we were doing so to find each other".
This project is part of the Support Line for the Reinforcement of Autonomy (L.A.R.A.), aimed at favouring the social inclusion of people with disabilities through transport and which includes actions aimed at giving visibility to disability and raising awareness of inclusion, as well as an innovative personalised training programme for the autonomous use of the Metro network thanks to which, in the last twelve months, 50 people with intellectual disabilities have been trained. L.A.R.A. also includes group training sessions. So far this year, around 20 have been held, with the participation of around 200 people with intellectual disabilities, who have already received basic training on the main elements of stations and trains and on the correct use of the network.
In addition, this year, for the first time in Metro's history, people with intellectual disabilities have begun to carry out training internships thanks to the agreement between Metro de Madrid and Envera. Currently, three people are doing their internships in the company.
Sol station on the Madrid underground is the station that receives the most passengers throughout the year. In 2021, a total of 49.5 million people passed through it, and in the month of December alone, there was an average of 191,000 weekday uses.