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Disabled group lobbies for help

Guernsey Disability Alliance members in the States
Physical access was a barrier to some disabled people, the group said

Groups calling for more provisions to improve the lives of disabled people in Guernsey have lobbied politicians after the monthly States meeting.

Members of 30 voluntary organisations from the Guernsey Disability Alliance distributed flyers outside the Royal Court House and spoke to deputies.

The group's chairman said the States could do much more to help.

Rob Platts said there were both practical and ideological issues which needed to be addressed.

"Simply to be able to go to work, to go to a restaurant or take a holiday - the normal every day things that most people expect to do, many disabled people cannot," Mr Platts told BBC News.

"This is either because of physical barriers where they can't get into buildings or because of attitudinal barriers - they can't get a job because they're being discriminated against."

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