Friday, September 24

Inazio Nieva, the young man who has become a speaker for people with cerebral palsy: “At 13 I thought my future was under a bridge”

With a maturity that escapes logic for his 21 years, talking to Inazio Nieva is to realize that he has not been left with another. After receiving Early Care since he was a baby, being bullied in adolescence by peers, but also by teachers who accused him of “inventing” cerebral palsy, he had to face a depression at the age of 13 that placed him in a well from which he has already managed to get out with the help of a psychologist. “With those years, I thought that my future was under a bridge, that I was at the end of society … It is very strong to think that with those years,” he acknowledges.

His change to become an activist for the visibility of people with functional diversity came, precisely, when he was overcoming that depression: “There came a time when I became aware that I had two options: to play the victim or to go ahead, and I chose the second one. I feel responsibility for all the attention I have received and I have the obligation to give it back by giving a voice to people who are in situations similar to mine, “he explains.

In this way, Inazio combines his studies (now he will begin to study the higher cycle of Social Integration, but he already has the Help for People in a Dependent Situation) with some talks where his maxim is to convey “that inclusion begins with us and that you have to learn to live with paralysis. ” This Wednesday he will be in Noja from 8:00 p.m. at the Albaicín Palace to offer a presentation in which there is already full capacity, something that he thanks “deeply” to the city council of the municipality and that qualifies as “one more sample” of the progress of the society.

Inclusion is a seven-story building, and as a society we have started to climb, but we are still on the mezzanine level.

In his case, the exact moment in which cerebral palsy appeared is not known, and if it occurred during pregnancy or during childbirth, but the truth is that it left him with 57% disability, something that makes his functional diversity visible and that has led him to suffer more than one violent situation. “There are people who continue to think of us as ‘retarded’, but there are others who victimize us and treat us with paternalism, and that does not allow us to develop. When they infantilize us and call us ‘poor little ones’ I know that the intention is usually good, but the Ignorance is the same as that of the person who calls you ‘invalid’ “, he declares with a certain tone of exhaustion.

But, if there is something in which his voice becomes decisive, it is in the importance of Early Attention from Health, which he considers “crucial”. In addition, he has had the invaluable help of his parents, who admit that they suffered for years from constant uncertainty about whether he could talk, walk, work … “I will never say that you have to force someone who cannot do something to do it, but if you can have a capacity it is good that you strive to achieve it. My parents have instilled it in me and, my mother, who is a pediatrician, knowing first hand what I have been needing, has never forced me to do something I couldn’t do it. But many times people, with their good intentions, won’t let you do something because it takes you five minutes instead of one, and it makes me want to tell them: Let me do it, it’s good for me! “, he says.

Likewise, and despite a past in which operations or street attacks have been more common for him than for anyone else, Inazio will continue to fight every day to show that people with cerebral palsy “are capable” and that every situation is different so “you have to look at each case, without prejudging.” “Inclusion is a seven-story building, and, as a society, we have started to climb but we are still going through the mezzanine,” he concludes hopefully before ending the call with