September 21, 2016

As you know, responsibility for the Disability and Inclusion Strategy now sits with the Committee for Employment & Social Security (E&SS). The Committee has decided to use a project management approach in order to progress the various workstreams. A Project Board, which oversees the direction of the project, met for the first time on 5 September 2016. The small Project Board is chaired by Ed Ashton, Head of Operations at E&SS and includes Karen Blanchford, Deputy Emilie Yerby, me and Steve Wakelin, Chief Strategy & Policy Officer for the States.
A project officer is currently identifying the various workstreams of the Strategy so that these activities can all be listed in a master project plan. This is proving to be quite a challenge, but once complete and doubled checked with the GDA Committee and other key stakeholders, it will help the Project Board to make a recommendation to the E&SS Committee on which workstreams should be prioritised. I am confident that this new project approach is a positive step forwards and I know that Ed Ashton is keen to make sure that the GDA and other key stakeholders receive regular progress reports.
Disability Awareness on-line training developed by GDA member charities is available free for you to complete. The training is in six short modules which take about 10 minutes to complete. You can do them individually or all at once. Please follow this link to sign on to the training . Follow this link once registered to complete the training . A big thank you to GDA members who have made this training possible.

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