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Here you will find information, guidance and checklists that will assist in making Guernsey more inclusive.

Awareness of disability and improving access are two key points that will enable both disabled people and their carers to be able to participate more fully in all aspects of island life. The information, guidance and checklists on this page will help to achieve this.

  • How to become more Disability Aware

    • The first step to understand more about disability is to undertake some awareness training.
    • The States, in partnership with AccessAble, local charities and disabled people has developed 'Disability Awareness Training' which is easily accessed online and is free for everyone in Guernsey.
    • The training comprises of six short modules which take about one hour to complete. You can do all the modules together or complete individually.
    • The modules include information about different impairments, practical advice about helping people with different disabilities, and why it is important to use the correct language to describe disability.
    • At the end of each session there are ten short questions and you can download a certificate at the end of the training.
    • There is more information about the training on the leafletpdf icon here [104kb] or go directly to www.signpost.gg/training to start your training.
  • How to become Dementia Friendly

    • There are some easy and basic things that you can do to help someone with dementia.
    • The main thing to remember is that the person cannot be rushed. It is important to be patient and to give that person time. 
    • The guide will explore how Dementia Friendly your business is. Download herepdf icon here [109kb]
    • Dementia Friendly Guernsey run on island awareness sessions. For more information about these sessions download the leaflet pdf icon here [1Mb]. or email info@dementiafriendly.org.gg
  • How to improve your printed documents

    • There some basic guidelines to follow when designing documents which will help to improve the accessibility of your printed documents for everyone.
      • Use a clear font, like Ariel or caliber
      • Do not use block capitals
      • Ensure good contrast between text and the background
      • Make sure the size of the text can be read easily, 12 point as a minimum but 16 point is better.
      • Do not put text over images.
    • For more information and guidance download the guide .pdf icon here [111kb]
  • How to make your website more accessible

    • There some basic guidelines to follow when designing websites which will help to improve the accessibility.
      • Use a clear font, like Ariel or calibri
      • Use clear language
      • Use headings to slit up information
      • Ensure good contrast between text and the background
      • Make sure the size of the text can be read easily, 12 point as a minimum but 16 point is better.
      • Ensure that images have alt tags for those with a visual impairment.
    • For more information and guidance download the guide pdf icon here [111kb]
  • How accessible are your buildings?

    • When thinking about access, getting into the building is only the start of what needs to be considered.
      • How easy is it to enter the building? is there an alternative entrance for wheelchair users.
      • Is there sufficient parking near to the entrance?
      • is the signage clear so that people can find their way around?
      • Can everyone access all areas of the building?
      • Are staff tanned to help when necessary?
    • The following guides have been developed to explore how accessible your premises are.
    • It is good practice to have an Access Audit carried out so that you know how accessible your buildings are and are aware of any barriers that someone with a disability might encounter.
  • Good Practice Guide

    • This guide has been produced by the Guernsey Employment Trust and is intended to be used as a reference document for employers who wish to maximise the potential of disabled people who are, in essence, an untapped workforce but have a huge range of experience and potential. The guide is intended to be practical and helpful and to give employers information that could assist them in the future to meet the requirements of the forthcoming disability discrimination legislation in Guernsey.
    • Download the guide pdf icon here [5Mb] or visit Guernsey Employment Trust.
  • Employers' Disability Charter

    • The Charter enables employers to provide tangible evidence that they are working towards taking positive action and developing initiatives that will enable more disabled people to access employment opportunities in Guernsey.
    • Download the guide pdf icon here [114kb] or visit Guernsey Employment Trust.
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    • The States of Guernsey signed up the Employers Disability Charter in March 2018.The Charter demonstrates the States commitment to being positive and proactive towards recruiting and retaining disabled people and people with health conditions.
    • You can view the States of Guernsey Statement of Intent Disability charter pdf icon here [235kb]. or in the downloads section on this page. 
  • Accessibility Guides

    • We have partnered with AccessAble to provide factual information about accessibility to over 600 venues and routes in Guernsey and Herm. The venues include restaurants, hotels, cafes, public buildings and businesses. Good, clear information on accessibility enables people to plan their journeys in advance, and to know that they will be able to move around with dignity and without discomfort. Check out the website AccessAble.

For information about support, services and activities for disabled people and their carers: take a look at our website www.signpost.gg

 

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SoG Statement of Intent Disability Charter

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