In its sixth -year this year, the “Make Way Day” is a people-powered, public education and awareness campaign, that brings the disability and wider community together, to consider the needs of people with disabilities in the public spaces, we all share.
The event is led nationally by the Disability Federation of Ireland is a unique collaboration across Ireland involving the voluntary and local government sectors, supported by a wide range of Disability Organisations, disability groups and and most importantly people with disabilities themselves from all around the country.
about One impactful, coordinated and decisive day of action, to improve the access of our towns for everyone.
Access is the most basic of all disability rights .
Leading the charge are people with disabilities, local authorities, and disability organisations armed with an online tool that was specifically designed for Make Way Day.
This year, in order to achieve a geographical spread across out 3 Municipal districts, the following locations have been proposed:
“Hey, this blocks my way!” is our key message for this campaign. So, on Friday 30th September every year, obstacles that block the way and make the lives of people with disabilities more difficult are highlighted.
Obstacles include anything that the public has control over. For example:arked on footpaths
- Wheelie Bins on footpaths
- Kegs on footpaths
- Sandwich boards/ signs on the footpath – you may need to check the by-laws in your area with regard to sandwich boards
- Overgrown hedges
- Bikes tied to lampposts/ railings
The campaign was phenomenally successful last year, reaching over 1,000,000 people on Social Media and appearing on RTE News Bulletins across the day itself.
- A photoshoot to officially launch the campaign, has been scheduled for this Thursday, 15th September at 3.30pm at Main entrance to Block 1 and there will be rolling social media postings throughout the next 2 weeks, leading up to the day itself.
We are also asking local groups to encourage individuals to take photos and videos of obstacles or barriers that impede their local journeys on pathways etc and post and shared on social media using #MakeWayDay22.
All accessibility challenges that are charted/registered on Make Way day will be compiled into a Report by Disability Federation of Ireland and will be forwarded to each respective local authority thereafter.
Engineering staff from the 3 Municipal Districts will have an opportunity to meet with the groups for a cuppa after the walkabouts that morning, in order to have a discussion around the challenges that were experienced.
- The Parish Centre is the venue for Portlaoise;
- The Arthouse is the proposed venue for Stradbally ( TBC);
- The pub on Main St is the proposed venue for Rathdowney ( TBC).