‘May Way’ Day to high­light ac­cess for the dis­abled

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS - By SORCHA CROW­LEY

SLIGO County Coun­cil has thrown its weight be­hind a cam­paign by 13 lead­ing dis­abil­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions for an All-Ire­land “Make Way Day”.

On one day a year they are ask­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to pause and think of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in the pub­lic spa­ces we all share.

It was sug­gested by In­de­pen­dent Coun­cil­lor De­clan Bree that the Coun­cil would sup­port the cam­paign.

“A car parked on a foot­path block­ing the way, or a sand­wich board out­side a pub or shop premises, or a bi­cy­cle chained to a lamp­post; are three prime ex­am­ples of trip haz­ards high­lighted by peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity,” said Cllr Bree.

“Wheelie Bins on foot­paths and over­grown hedges have also been high­lighted. Dis­abil­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion say that thought­less­ness and gen­uine lack of aware­ness is be­hind most in­stances like those I have listed,” he told the Septem­ber meet­ing of Sligo County Coun­cil.

“If this Coun­cil can help raise aware­ness of the need to re­move phys­i­cal bar­ri­ers to par­tic­i­pa­tion, we are demon­strat­ing our com­mit­ment to creat­ing a more equal so­ci­ety for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

“A na­tional Make Way Day will send a strong mes­sage that we don’t want our towns and vil­lages to be ob­sta­cle cour­ses for fam­ily, friends and neigh­bours with dis­abil­i­ties.

Cllr Bree pro­posed that the Coun­cil sup­port an an­nual na­tional “Make Way Day” on 26 th Septem­ber, that they write to an Taoiseach, Leo Varad­kar, and each Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter call­ing on them to sup­port, es­tab­lish, fund and re­source an an­nual na­tional “Make Way Day” and will an­nu­ally sup­port and pro­mote a lo­cal #MakeWaySligo cam­paign as part of the wider “Make Way Day”.

Cllr Bree was sup­ported by In­de­pen­dent Cllr Marie Casserly: “This is usu­ally not in­ten­tional. When peo­ple re­alise what they’re do­ing they change their habits,” she told the meet­ing.

‘Make Way’ Day will high­light the ob­sta­cles faced daily by the dis­abled reg­u­larly on our streets and foot­paths, as pic­ture above.

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