‘Make Way Day’ Invite To Dubs

by Rachel Cunningham
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“Make Way Day”, which takes place tomorrow  Friday, is a campaign that brings the disability community and the wider community together to consider the needs of people with disabilities in the public spaces we all share, writes Rachel Cunningham.

A unique collaboration across Ireland and the voluntary and local government sectors, it is led by the Disability Federation of Ireland. Its focus is on people with disabilities but everyone is invited to get involved because thoughtlessness is a significant issue for people with disabilities when it comes to transportation. For example, the three main obstacles that stop people with disabilities in their tracks include cars parked on footpaths, illegally parked bicycles and bins left on footpaths.

This year, because of Covid-19, those who want to get involved with ‘Make Way Day’ can survey their local 5km area using an online easy-to-use tool, which will be available through a link on Friday. The tool is mobile-friendly and is intended to draw attention to anything that may cause a barrier on your journey. This exercise is mainly picture-based, and may be used as often as is necessary on the day. The overall aim will be to collect multiple 5km journeys to address any highlighted issues and to create an inclusive map of Ireland.
Members of the public going about their daily business who may not have the tool are invited to post a photograph of any obstructions they may observe on Friday on social media using the hashtag #MakeWayDay21.

The event website states: “‘Make Way Day’ is not about pointing the finger at local authorities, other agencies, or randomly scattered activism. The whole point of the day is making the public aware of an issue that is fully within their power to change. It’s about one impactful, coordinated and decisive day of action.”



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