Embrace it, share it, celebrate it campaign
The campaign is encouraging Islanders to think about how they can create inclusivity and consider the positive impacts inclusivity can make.
Embrace the difference easy read
Liz Johnson, Gold medal winning Paralympian swimmer, said:
"Disability is not a bad word; it doesn't mean that people with disabilities are incapable. It doesn't mean that they are less worthy, but it does make people vulnerable, because people with disabilities are so often reliant on other people opening their minds and becoming empathetic to the fact that they don't do things like everybody else.
Difference is everywhere, difference is normal and rather than looking at disability being a barrier or a problem we need to normalise differences.
Everyone needs help with something and as soon as we realise that, we become ok with being ourselves and not judging people."
How you can make a difference
You can make a difference by:
- embracing it, by committing to do something to make Jersey more inclusive.
- sharing it by telling a friend, colleague or posting it online
- celebrating the positive feelings that inclusion brings
Consider ways to be more inclusive:
Learn how to make your digital content available to everyone:
Disability and Inclusion Annual Report
The Disability and Inclusion Team's Annual Report for 2021 is now published.
The report focuses on progress of the Disability Strategy and the Government's Embrace our difference campaign. The strategy was launched in May 2017 and aims to improve the wellbeing of Islanders with disabilities and challenge inequalities faced by disabled people.
Disability Strategy Update 2021
The Royal Association for Deaf People
The Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD) was commissioned during the previous Minister for Health and Social Services tenure, Deputy Richard Renouf.
The goal of the RAD is to review the support and services provided to d/Deaf people in Jersey. To identify gaps in provisions and to make recommendations to the Government. We want d/Deaf people in Jersey to live independently and to achieve their full potential.
A report setting out the RAD's findings and review process was finalised in April 2022. Publication of this report was delayed due to the elections.
Work is underway to determine the feasibility and the impact of the recommendations in this report.
We give our gratitude to the healthcare professionals and the community group representatives who contributed to the production of this report.
2022 RAD Report
Three key initiatives are being taken forward to be completed by 30 June 2023. These include:
- the recruitment of a community link worker who will provide support, advice and information for d/Deaf Islanders
- an improved Video Relay Service to provide online interpretation for British sign language users. Allowing them to communicate more effectively when accessing Government services
- improving engagement with the 4 independent organisations who represent d/Deaf Islanders. To ensure collective understanding of the needs of the community, and the priorities for change.
Once these initiatives are introduced, they will be monitored to assess continuing effectiveness.
Guide to the Discrimination Law
Guide to the Discrimination Law Discrimination in Employment (JACS Publication) in BSL on YouTube
Produced in March 2022 with Support from Government of Jersey and Royal Association for Deaf People.
About the disability team
The disability team are working hard to support the delivery of the five main priorities of the disability strategy:
support to communicate and access information
greater access to the Island
good health and wellbeing
access to education, employment, and enriching activities
equal rights and experience equality
Jersey Learning Disability and Autism Cluster Group Charter
Dario Gentili, Disability Project Manager
Ant Lewis, Disability Inclusion Officer
Steph de la Cour, Disability Inclusion Officer