For many people talking about MS can be challenging. Whether you're opening up to a friend after being newly diagnosed, or finding the right words to describe symptoms to an employer. Sometimes it feels easier not to say anything at all. This year for MS Awareness Week the theme is #LetsTalkMS.
A series of short videos was produced including two patient stories about living with MS.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3rd December
The International Day of the Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was founded by the UN, it is a day to raise awareness on challenges faced by people with disabilities, particularly during periods of crisis.).Our first film features Sandra Robilliard, a regular at the Guernsey Disability Swimming Group.She tells us why the Group is so important to her, and the other members, and the amazing achievements she has already achieved. https://vimeo.com/486534182/9b70feacd8
In the second film we meet Autism Hub resident, Liam Callister, and his support worker, Kerry Cawley. The team use a number of ways to communicate with the residents, including verbal prompts and visual aids, which help them explain what they would like to do and where they may like to go, as well as if they are in pain. https://vimeo.com/486520461/2806d319fe
The third in our series of short films we meet Alex Houchard. Alex, 19, is a student on the Workforce Academy course, within the Access Department, at the College of Further Education. Now in his third year at the College, Alex spends two days a week in the classroom, and three days a week working in the kitchen of the Delancey Campus Café. https://vimeo.com/486518928/1720433049
Human Rights day 10th December
To support and highlight the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we were lucky enough to meet Mark and Judith Pattimore, whose son Alex is a resident at the Autism Hub. https://vimeo.com/489324591/348ed5065e
Awareness raising campaigns 2018
Awarding of awareness raising grants in December 2018
Following an invitation for charities, businesses and other organisations to apply for grants for awareness-raising initiatives on disability specifically and human rights/equality generally, the Committee for Employment & Social Security was pleased to announce there were three successful applications for awareness raising projects.
Walkers will run an equality series of presentations on reasonable adjustment, what does disability mean, human rights and equality and discrimination in Guernsey.
The Equality working group ran a series of presentations and workshops on equality, inclusion, diversity and human rights. https://equality.gg/
The Guernsey Society for Physically Disabled People will run an animation campaign about disabilities on social media.
The Committee launched this iniative in connection with its duty under the Disability & Inclusion Strategy, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other international conventions.
You can find the full Media release in our downloads section.