The Department receives 17,000 fewer requests for functional diversity in the year of the covid

The same is true for reduced mobility. The positive assessment resolutions for this area were reduced in the so-called “covid year” to 2,087 as opposed to 2019, when there were 6,215 favorable files. A subtraction in which they obtain 4,128 fewer resolutions.

From the department headed by Mónica Oltra they point out that “the waiting time varies according to the casuistry. People who request the certificate for a functional diversity of an intellectual nature have the procedure resolved in 3 months, those of a physical nature have increased but do not exceed 8 months at present. In Alicante, about 1,200 files are resolved per month, “they say.. The pandemic and the limitations “has been the reason for the delay in evaluations of physical disabilities with respect to intellectual ones, as a medical report and, in some cases, a face-to-face assessment is necessary.” Even so, “when the first state of alarm began, an extension of one year was decreed for all titles that were in the process of being renewed and, where possible, resolve it with a medical report, which state law provides for situations extraordinary ».

Regarding the delay in the assessment centers, since 2015 “We reinforced with two more teams in Alicante and improved non-face care procedures”. Now they are working on a bridge “between the dependency and the assessment centers so that a dependency can be directly equated with a certain degree of disability.” Although they remember that this process «comes regulated by state law“Many times these changes take a slower process,” say sources from the Ministry.

Relocation and renewal

Naomi Torrado He requested the transfer of the file from Madrid, upon moving to the province. After having breast cancer, her disability is supervening, due to the side effects of the disease and the treatment. In Madrid, the court awarded him a 36%.

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He arrived in Alicante at the end of 2018 and in June 2019 He requested the renewal of the file that expired on March 9, 2020. He did it so soon “because they told me that it used to take a long time here and having to transfer the file would make the process take longer,” he says. To this day, he still does not really know what his situation is. «I know that the file was transferred in the summer of 2019. Last Friday I went to the base center and each person with whom I speak tells me something different. In February they told me that they had already solved it and in May 2021 I still have nothing clear.

This laboratory technique from 39 years, as a result of the chest operation, he had a lymphedema in the left arm and joint stiffness, «Probably because of the medication I’m taking. Disability makes it difficult for me, I have problems with my hands and fingers due to joint stiffness, I need help to do some force, peel or chop food and to go down stairs I have to lean on a handrail ». Two years later, he still does not know anything, “I think that the Conselleria has a very large administrative blockade that the covid has delayed, although this delay was already earlier. I ask the Ministry to recognize my rights and comply with the law, “he claims.

Noemí Torrado: “I ask the Ministry to comply with the law and recognize my rights.” BELÉNFIGUEIRA

Eight years and a transplant

The battle of Martina Lopez started in 2008, with 17 years. A faint in the pool was the alarm bell. At that age he was diagnosed with heart disease, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. They later found out that he had hypertrophy. The disease evolved, after two years gathering information, while studying Social Work, he requested medical, psychological, and other reports from the UA Student Aid Center, to justify his absences from class or exams due to his condition and operations.

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In 2013, he contributed all this documentation to the Babel recognition center for people with functional diversity. A year later, on November 7, 2014 «they called me to recognize me, quite traumatic because of the little empathy they had. One of the professionals told me: ‘with everything you have now we can’t give you anything’. I did not want a financial pension, just disability, “he says. In November the resolution came out and on February 18, 2015 they gave it a 12%. He appealed and that same year filed a lawsuit against the Department of Social Welfare. In 2016 he was recognized by the judicial expert and his own, both forensic experts agreed: he owned a 49% which they rejected at the trial, in 2018. After dismissing the claim, Martina made a request to the social court of the TSJCV. He won and was given a 34% permanent disability. This meant “retroactively paying the extra tuition for not being able to take the exams.” Eleven years after starting the process, he underwent a heart transplant. “Covid is a constant danger when taking immunosuppressants, it is an added risk”, clarifies this social worker who, with regard to disability, asks herself, “who decides that degree a doctor who is who knows it or a judge?” .

With a positive attitude and the motto “smiling at life,” the transplant completely changed her. Now, you just want to be of help to other people with similar situations, with her YouTube channel “Martina, a different heart.”


Since Cocemfe, federation to which both users belong, emphasize that “the covid has further aggravated the delays dragged by the Alicante assessment center, with delays of two years or even more currently.” Adding that “there are no face-to-face evaluations of the applicants and it is impossible to contact them by phone,” says its president, Antonio Ruescas. The entity’s social worker, Patricia Sánchez, asks the Ministry to “comply with the terms of law 9/2016 by which the procedure must be resolved within a maximum period of three months, in addition to the return of face-to-face assessments and a new scale In assessing the degree of disability, today many pathologies such as degenerative diseases and those related to organic disabilities are left out.

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Both confirm that this delay translates “into a reality that hinders access to protected employment, access to oppositions, benefits and tax exemptions related to disability or pharmaceutical benefits.”