Guernsey Disability and Inclusion Strategy

Tuesday 5 November 2013

The Guernsey Disability and Inclusion Strategy is to be debated in the Royal Court on Wednesday 27 November 2013.

The Guernsey Disability Alliance would like as many Islanders as possible to gather on the steps of the Royal Court on the morning of the debate for 20-30 minutes.

Attached is a leaflet produced by the States explaining the basics. From the point of view of someone experiencing cancer, the Strategy will do a number of things:

  • It will improve the information pathway for disabled people, including those with cancer.
  • It aims to change the prejudicial and discriminatory attitudes which can be experienced by anyone with a long-term condition.
  • It will be illegal to unreasonably discriminate against an employee  who has or who has had cancer. Service users and people accessing education (both children and adults) will be protected against discrimination.
  • It will bring more support and legal protection for people who care for people with cancer.
  • People with cancer will be protected by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This Convention will be independently monitored.
  • A new Capacity Law will help reduce much anxiety for those suffering with cancers or secondary cancers which affect the brain. At present Guernsey's guardianship laws are all or nothing - the new law will be more flexible and have much more respect for the individual,  recognising that people experience various degrees of mental and physical capacity.

The leaflet can be downloaded here or you can visit the Facebook page here.