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Make Way Day dlr!

Date 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Location 
dlr County
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dlr is one of 15 local authorities and four leading disability organisations who will be supporting this year’s Make Way Day on 26 September. Make Way Day is a collaboration to call for greater public awareness of the needs of people with disabilities in the public spaces we share.

Make Way Day gives everyone an opportunity to be more mindful of the 13% of the Irish population who have a disability. The day highlights how things like bins or sandwich boards on the footpath can impede access for people with a disability. Small things like bringing your bin in early on bin collection day, or clipping your hedge, can have a big impact for someone with a disability who may otherwise not be able to get down the street. The day reminds us to be thoughtful and aware of how we can do a little to help.

 

 

Beware of leaving:

  • Cars or vans parked on a footpath blocking the way
  • Bicycle/motorbikes chained to lampposts creating a trip hazard for a visually impaired person.
  • Illegally placed sandwich boards, forgotten bins, barrels and other obstructions.

As one wheelchair user said, “There have been days when I just had to turn around and go home because my mechanized wheelchair could not go around a parked car on the footpath. If you come across enough obstacles like these you eventually don’t want to go out at all, and that leads to social isolation”, she explained.

Everyday should be Make Way Day so make sure you leave our footpaths obstacle free!

 
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