LUIS CAYO PÉREZ BUENO

LUIS CAYO PÉREZ BUENO

President of the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI).

He graduated in law, specializing in Legal and Moral Philosophy. He obtained his Master’s degree in Business Management at Escuela Libre de Derecho y Economía. He has been working in the social sector, dealing with disabilities, since 1995. Furthermore, he is the Editor of Cermi.es semanal, a weekly newspaper about disabilities. He is also Director of collections of books at Cermi.es, Abyectos, Empero, Telefónica Accesible, Convención ONU, and Diversidad e Inclusión.

In addition, he is the Vice President of the Spanish National Council on Disability, Member of Real Patronato sobre Discapacidad (Spanish Board of Trustees about Disability) and Member of the Spanish State Council of NGOs for Social Action.

He is also the President of Cermi Mujeres foundation, Derecho y Discapacidad foundation, and Bequal Foundation, as well as Vice President of Third-Sector Platform and Supervisor of the ONCE Foundation and Vodafone Spain Foundation.

He is a writer, translator, and poet, who published various studies, works and translations regarding both literal creativity and social reality and disability rights movement. Among his pieces of writing stands out El desmantelamiento de la discapacidad y otros escritos vacilantes, published by El Cobre Ediciones. He is also the co-author of the book of collaboration Tratado sobre Discapacidad, published in 2007 by the editor Thomson-Aranzadi, and a monograph titled Hacia un Derecho de la Discapacidad published by the same editor in September, 2009.

His last published individual piece of writing is Discapacidad, Derecho y Políticas de Inclusión (February, 2010).

In 2011, he received the Golden Cross of the Civil Order for the Social Solidarity from the Spanish government, by way of the Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality. The newspaper El Mundo.es included him on the list of 500 most influential Spaniards in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 for the area of Alternative Power (“poder alternativo”).