Pause – Bring down the barriers
Whilst our impairments or disabilities are all different, one thing we all have in common is that we face barriers just trying to get on with daily tasks other people take for granted.
Some barriers are obvious – like a building that has lots of steps. But the way a company recruits its managers and staff can be a barrier too, especially for people with communication and learning difficulties or mental health issues.
Change – Attitudes
The biggest barrier is attitude. Most of the time people aren’t deliberately negative or unhelpful. It’s simply lack of awareness and understanding, combined with a natural reluctance to do things differently. Disability just isn’t something people think about much or know much about. That’s why we’ve been making our videos.
Share – Get everyone involved
We know change won’t happen overnight. But the first step came when our past Deputies voted unanimously for the Disability and Inclusion Strategy in November 2013.
In April 2016, a new States of Deliberation was elected by the community. A large part of our campaign was to make the Disability and Inclusion strategy real for all of us on a day to day basis. #MakeItReal
Now we really need your help to make the Strategy happen and to bring down the barriers that disabled islanders face. Because we all matter, eh?