Make Way Day 2022, a national campaign by the Disability Federation of Ireland and run locally by Roscommon Access Group, takes place this Friday (30th) in a bid to raise awareness around the needs of people with disabilities in public spaces.
Speaking at the recent launch of the campaign in Roscommon town, Ciaran Mullooly of Roscommon LEADER Partnership SICAP, called on members of the public to share photographs and videos this Friday highlighting some of the daily obstacles they face.
Campaigners have highlighted a ‘Terrible Top Three’ of obstacles which can impede those with disabilities on footpaths and in public areas following a survey last spring. These include cars parked on footpaths, illegally parked bicycles and bins left on footpaths.
Mr. Mullooly said the campaign would help to focus minds and raise awareness as to the difficulties those with disabilities face in public areas.
Campaign organisers, the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI), have also developed an online tool campaigners can use to test and rate their local area along with using Make Way Day stickers to highlight issues being faced by the public.
The tool will be available at www.makewayday.com and can be downloaded to a phone. It has been circulated widely on the campaign’s social media platforms ahead of Make Way Day this Friday.