Rome, 20 March 2018
Following events at Milan Central and Turin Porta Susa, the #ABILIOLTRE ... inVIAGGIO exhibition arrives today, on the occasion of World Day of Social Service, in the prestigious setting of the Rome Ostiense Presidential Hall, managed by Centostazioni. On display are twelve works of street art which tell, with strength and effectiveness, which and how many skills people with disabilities possess.
The event, organized by the smart community of Abili Oltre together with the FS Group, benefits from the collaboration of First Social Life, the "Enzo Rossi" Art School in Rome, and Third Sector entities.
Abili Oltre is committed to building inclusive working models, harmonizing the different productive capacities of individuals and encouraging the expression of their potential, combined with the business management needs of the entities.
The goal of the exhibition is to raise awareness among public opinion, institutions, and companies of the importance of including people with disabilities in the workforce, with a view to enhancing the different skills that every human being offers.
At 5:30pm, during the inauguration of the Rome opening, and while the Onlus anthem "Io sto con chi" performed by "Coro Matto" and directed by soprano Emanuela Giudice plays, the young artists of Abili Oltre, together with students and other associations, will give life to an artistic performance and create a collective banner-work of art, symbol of the dignity of work.
The exhibition can be freely visited in the Presidential Hall of the station between 20 and 22 March, and consists of 12 street art technique graphic projects created by young artists, with and without disabilities, within integrated art workshops. The works, set up on large panels, are inspired by 12 famous people with disabilities who have excelled and achieved important recognition in various fields, from sport to art, from science to technology, from music to theatre. The exhibition will continue its trip to two other railway stations: from 10 to 12 of April in Reggio Calabria Central, and from 8 to 10 of May in Naples Mergellina with a closing ceremony.
The FS Italiane Group supports the initiative consistent with the attention it dedicates to its employees and customers with motor, sensory, and intellectual disabilities. With regard to the latter the Group works hard to ensure that their full right to mobility is asserted, by train, as on any other public means. The Sale Blu network managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, with assistive services in the stations, has this as its directive and sees the number of services provided grow every year, from 300,000 in 2016 to around 321,000 in 2017, an increase of 7%. To improve accessibility everywhere, we always keep the dialogue with national representatives of the different associations open. Attentiveness to their needs has recently materialized in specific meetings to verify the effectiveness of technical choices made on the new regional Rock and Pop trains, demanding, if necessary, improvements during construction.