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50% of disabled people from Channel Islands believe government can do more for equality

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One in two people with disabilities across the Channel Islands said the government’s attempts to give them equal rights have not gone far enough.

That is just one of a number of findings from an independent survey commissioned by ITV Channel Television looking at disability.

The survey also revealed that one in 10 people with disabilities who live in the Channel Islands find it ‘often’ or ‘always’ difficult going into or moving around buildings and using facilities.

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It showed that across the islands people find shops in town or on the high street the most difficult spaces to access, with restaurants and cafes the second most challenging.

Alongside this, just 10% of those with disabilities questioned, said their ability to use on-island travel is limited.

While 12% say they face challenges with accessibility when heading off-island.

Earlier this year, Guernsey charity, Access for All, launched the Accessible Town Project to improve the accessibility of shops for customers.

The project is made up of a series of special events, such as Purple Tuesday, and also included training staff to accommodate hidden disabilities such as hearing impairment or autism.

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