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More awareness surrounding disabilities is needed to change attitudes, says Guernsey campaigner

One campaigner in Guernsey says an equality rights organisation is needed in the island to 'take the fear out of disability'. Credit: ITV Channel TV

More awareness is needed around disabilities to change attitudes.

That is according to one campaigner in Guernsey, who says an equality rights organisation is needed in the island to 'take the fear out of disability'.

It comes after a survey was commissioned by ITV Channel Television to look at what life is like for islanders living with a disability.

The thing that stood out is the excellent work you've done about raising awareness and obviously that's the key, and then really the point for us is around changing those attitudes.

We're very fortunate from a rights base here that we now have a strong political and civil servant representation, and we really need what comes next which is an equality rights organisation to take the fear out of disability.

– Karen Blanchford, Guernsey Disability Alliance

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Guernsey introduced its disability strategy in 2013. Five years on and only three of its 13 priorities are on track. The States is currently working on a new over-arching law similar to those in Ireland and Australia, to cover a range of areas including disability. If it all goes through, it should come into effect by 2020.

Jersey introduced its strategy last year. A full review will take place in 2022. Meanwhile, Jersey's discrimination laws changed this year, to include disability alongside other protected characteristics, such as gender or age.

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