Volunteers from Cavan Disability Network were out in force today to participate in Make Way Day Campaign in various town around the county. Here are some of the obstacles they encountered on their journey.
Make Way Day is back for 2019, bigger and bolder and going after the top three blockers on Cavan streets.
20 local authorities will support local disabilities groups as they hit the streets on Thursday September 26th with friendly reminders not to:
- Park on the street
- Forget your bins or use illegal sandwich boards
- Carelessly park bikes on the street
People with disabilities have told the campaign leaders, the Disability Federation of Ireland, DFI, these are the top three obstacles that stop them getting from A to B.
“By making these small changes we can all make a big difference to the lives of our fellow citizens,” said Council spokesperson . “ Please see https://www.disability-federation.ie/about/publications.html to get the number of people in your area with disabilities the rights of people with disabilities are respected we are delighted to support/once again support Make Way. DFI have distributed hundreds of low adhesive Make Way Day stickers to disability groups.
People can expect to see stickers in the following areas as towns and groups taking part are: Clonakilty Access Group, Mallow Disability Group, Centre for Independent Living Blanchardstown, groups from Rehab’s training facility in Sandymount and children and parents from Enable Ireland, Kilkenny, and of course Cavan Disability Network
Local activists and disability campaigners in Cavan County will be out early stickering on Wednesday morning with the aid of Cavan Disability Network. “There have been days when people 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’s leads to social isolation”.
You can also expect a blitz of social media posts (videos, photographs) with the hashtags #MakeWayDay and #MakeWayCavan. Everyone can get involved. Upload your photos and videos of obstacles on our streets and call for national recognition of #MakeWayDay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“It’s a lack of awareness that leads to these obstacles and once people are aware we find they’re willing to help”, said DFI spokesperson Clare Cronin. “For the small minority who need it, we delighted this year to have the backing of the Roads Policing unit of An Garda Síochána.
Photos: DFI can supply national photos but will not have photos from the areas taking part.
The Disability Federation of Ireland are the co-coordinators of Make Way Day. For communications local authorities should contact Clare Cronin at DFI 01-7080108, 086-0277824, email firstname.lastname@example.org.