During his childhood he played with the laity that he later turned into houses and buildings. It is the memory of Héctor Solís, who graduated two months ago as an architect at the Universidad UTE de Quito. There, as part of his degree work, he designed an institute of plastic, visual and performing arts that includes people with disabilities.
In this he proposes a ground floor with inclusive classrooms that can be accessed by people in wheelchairs or on crutches and blind people. There are no steps, or unevenness, in its replacement there are ramps for them to move to the classrooms, library, administration, auditorium. “Each corner is designed for people with disabilities. I am part of that group.”
The architect was born with lamellar ichthyosis, a non-contagious genetic disease. His condition forces him not to expose himself to the sun and cover his arms to avoid injuring his skin, besides using creams and pills permanently. He stressed that “we suffer from suffocation, heat and discomfort.”
He acknowledged that studying in school was complicated and that it was even torture in the first years. He recalled that when he was at the basic level they called him “leper” or threw the books at him. “I did not have friends until the fifth year of elementary school because they did not want to come because of fear, but in the university I did not suffer rejection”.
He entered the private study center thanks to a scholarship for his high score in the tests of the ENES that today is known as Ser Bachiller. In its last year the development of the project that works in the canton of Mejía began and benefited the educational community.
Recently the proposal was presented to the Mayor of that city. “I’m waiting for you to give me a chance. I want to work and help.” Hector is the son of a janitor and a plan builder and it was they who encouraged him to train. “My mom is my only God and my dad is my superhero. He suffered a stroke.” His next challenge is the launch of a book about his illness in order to educate people. (I)