The GDA was established in order to affect changes in the way that society includes and views all those who are affected by disability.
In the past, many governments did not routinely consider policy and legislation from the perspective of diversity of persons or diversity of needs.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires governments to actively and routinely consider disability within all policy development and to embed this mindset within all levels of government.
Importantly, the CRPD requires that persons with disabilities are actively involved and closely consulted (through their representative organisations) in all decision-making processes concerning issues relating to persons with disabilities.
This right to be consulted forms the bedrock of all that the GDA does. We work closely with the States of Guernsey to:
- Ensure that the voices of persons with disabilities are heard
- Assist the States to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The GDA’s mandate and resources are focussed on achieving systemic and attitudinal change. The GDA does not have the resources to provide an advocacy service or to assist with individual issues.