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Hundreds lobby deputies ahead of disability debate

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HUNDREDS of disabled islanders and their carers gathered outside the Royal Court this morning to lobby deputies ahead of the Disability and Inclusion Strategy debate.   

HUNDREDS of disabled islanders and their carers gathered outside the Royal Court this morning to lobby deputies ahead of the Disability and Inclusion Strategy debate.

Many said they were 'touched' by the sheer amount of people that had turned up and even Rory the Lion made an appearance.

Guernsey Disability Alliance chairwoman Shelaine Green, along with many others this morning, was holding a 'We All Matter, eh?' campaign board.

'I think the message we are giving out loud and clear is that everybody in Guernsey matters.

'It is a really wonderful turn out.'

More than 4,000 disabled islanders would benefit from the long-awaited strategy, which aims to better their quality of life.

If approved, it will see improved information for disabled people and their carers, the development of legislation for the prevention of discrimination and an extension to Guernsey of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

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