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Wednesday 24 October 2018

Make Way Day bidding to tackle access issues

Make Way Day to focus minds on actions that block accessibility for people with disabilities in our towns and villages
Make Way Day to focus minds on actions that block accessibility for people with disabilities in our towns and villages

John Manning

An awareness campaign from Fingal County Council encouraging people to 'make way' for people with disabilities will be launched on September 26.

'Make Way Day' involves a number of local authorities and leading disability organisations who have come together to call for greater public awareness of the needs of people with disabilities in the public spaces we all share.

The people of Fingal can expect a friendly sticker on #MakeWayFingal, Wednesday, September 26, reminding everyone to make way for people with disabilities.

Disability groups and organisations from all over the county will be out highlighting obstacles such as cars or vans parked on a footpath blocking the way, bicycle/motorbikes chained to lampposts creating a trip hazard for a visually impaired person and illegally placed sandwich boards, forgotten bins, barrels and other obstructions.

There will be a blitz of social media posts (videos, photographs) with the hashtags #MakeWayDay and #MakeWayFingal and you are encouraged to upload your photos and videos and call for national recognition of #MakeWayDay

The local authorities and organisations participating in the venture believe that thoughtlessness and genuine lack of awareness is behind most instances of the kind of behaviour that frustrates those with disabilities or mobility issues and it is hoped that the initiative will focus minds on the issue..

Fingal's Access Officer Brian Buckley said: 'Fingal County Council is delighted to be playing a part in Make Way Day. Make Way Day gives every single one of us an opportunity to be more mindful of the 13% of the Irish population who have a disability.

'Bringing in your bin early in the day, or clipping your hedge might not seem that important, but it's a small action with a big impact for a neighbour, who otherwise might not be able to get down the street.'

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