Athlone Access Awareness host worthy ‘Make Way Day’ initiative

Athlone Access Awareness Group members prepare for their ‘Make Way Day’ campaign

Athlone Access Awareness Group members prepare for their ‘Make Way Day’ campaign

Athlone Access Awareness with the help of the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI ) is holding their annual Make Way Day today, Thursday, September 26.

What is Make Way Day?

‘Make Way Day’ is a campaign that brings the disability and the wider community together to consider the needs of people with disabilities in the public spaces we all share.

It is led by the Disability Federation of Ireland and is a unique collaboration across Ireland and the voluntary and local government sectors, but most of all it’s about people with disabilities.

The general public are encouraged to embrace the ‘Make Way Day’ initiative as thoughtlessness is a big issue in this regard with three notable obstacles that stop people with disabilities in their tracks being cars parked on footpaths; bicycles illegally parked and bins left on footpaths.

Access is the most basic of all disability rights. The public footpaths are for everyone and we can all agree on that. In a wider context, this one day focuses the mind on people with disabilities, their lives, and needs.

The event take place with the support of 19 local authorities, details here. Further details are available on http://makewayday.com/.

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.

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