“The Lombardy region will be able to recognize an extraordinary reimbursement of transport expenses from home to school and vice versa, in the event that this is supported by the family”: it has been established by a resolution of the Regional Council of Lombardy, adopted after an application put by the LEDHA Federation, thus adapting the 2017 regional guidelines on school transport of students with, after that the Milan Court had sentenced the Municipality of Milan and the Region of Lombardy to discrimination in reference to the school transport of a girl with disabilities As we mentioned at the beginning of July, the LEDHA (League for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, component lombardy for the FISH-the Italian Federation for Overcoming Handicaps), had sent a letter to the Aldermen of the competence of their own Region, to ask to integrate the Regional Guidelines in 2017 relating to the transportation of students with disabilities, while guaranteeing their right to inclusive education, and to specify that families would have had to be obligated to reimburse the expenses incurred for transportation, as determined by the Ordinance produced on the 3rd of June by the First Civil chamber of the Court of Milan (also in it you can read on our website), which had led to the condemnation of the Municipality of Milan and the Lombardy Region for discrimination in reference to the school transport of a girl with disabilities.
Well, through the resolution of the Regional Council of Lombardy XI/5139, approved on August 2, has arrived precisely, as requested by LEDHA, the integration to those guidelines.
As they explain from the Lombard Federation, ” this resolution provides that, in order to ensure a school inclusion “free of any additional burden for families”, the Lombardy region may recognize an extraordinary reimbursement of transport expenses from home to school and vice versa, in the event that this is supported by the family. The competent Municipality may request this extraordinary contribution during the reporting phase, giving adequate reasons for the request”.
“In addition to the lack of autonomy of the student and to the possession of functional diagnosis can be read in a Decision -in which is explained the need to transport, you need to document: the reasons for the family is to support the management and the cost of the service; the result of the completion of the bankruptcy proceedings for the award of the service, in accordance with the principles of effectiveness, efficiency and economy; the inability of the Municipality to identify alternative solutions for the management of the service”.
And finally, “the extraordinary reimbursement recognized by the Lombardy region to the municipality” may amount to an additional fee of 50% compared to what is due” and already provided for by the previous guidelines with the DGR 3163/2020″. (S. B.)