Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Manx group pushes for laws to protect those with disabilities

A group in the Isle of Man is pushing for the new political administration to do more to protect the welfare of disabled people.

The Manx foundation for the physically disabled is campaigning for the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act 2006.

Members hope to bring the issue to the attention of the newly elected government after the general elections.

Disability access officer, Michelle Brady, said people needed protection.

She added: "There are still problems on the island for disabled people who have employment problems and issues accessing goods and services.

"The act would provide a framework which employers, service providers and shop keepers can look to which will lead to improvements for those with disabilities and impairments".

The Disability Discrimination Act 2006 would make it illegal for anyone to discriminate against disabled people in connection with the provision of goods, facilities and services.

The act has been approved by Tynwald and is currently being processed through parliament which means it will be up to the new island government to complete the process and make it law.

The foundation is planning a week of activities at the end of October 2011 including sports sessions, opens days and sailing trips, to lobby for the introduction of the new laws.

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