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Make Way Day 21

Make Way Day 21 Tipperary County Council press release

Make Way in my 5k!

Tipperary County Council prepares for the annual one day-access blitz which is #MakeWayDay21.

Every corner of Ireland will be put to the test for basic access issues this Friday, September 24th when the Make Way Day campaign returns, with a testing twist!

The campaign organisers the Disability Federation of Ireland, DFI, have developed an online test that campaigners can use to test and rate their local area or 5k.

Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council Cllr. Marie Murphy said,

“Make Way Day focuses on individual responsibility, on looking at what we can all do immediately to help our fellow citizens get from A to B, a very basic right. We in Tipperary County Council are happy to work with DFI and supporting the role out of Make Way Day across our county.”

Tipperary County Council is partnering with Rehab Care Clonmel on Make Way Day 2021. Some of their service users have provided lived experiences below.

"My name is Jack Kenny. In our community I find it hard to get around without help from staff because the footpaths are sometimes not wide enough for my chair. I would also really like to be included in getting work experience and be included more in the community"

"My name is Shane Cunningham. I get to my centre using my chair every day, it takes me a long time because there is no transport in Clonmel for people in wheelchairs, not even Taxis, this means in winter I am not able to go to my service because the weather is too bad. The layout of the town is hard for people in wheelchairs too cause some kerbs don't have ramps so I have to travel further to find one just to cross the road"

The backbone of this campaign are people with disabilities. This online test empowers them to survey their area for obstacles and rate its accessibility. It will once again give them the chance to share their frustrations by posting photos of obstacles to social platforms with the hashtag, #MakeWayDay21. The test will be available at www.makewayday.com and from partner local authorities such as Tipperary County Council, at www.tipperarycoco.ie on Friday the 24th of September, Make Way Day. It is easy to use and download to a phone and will be circulated widely on the campaign’s social media platforms.

The aim of the Disability Federation of Ireland in this year’s campaign is to have all the 5ks or neighbourhoods join up, to give us one comprehensive map of access in Ireland and will coordinate all the results. The DFI aim to feed them back to the right people and work together towards clearer streets.

ENDS

For more information contact:
DFI Communications Manager: Clare Cronin at 086 0277824, clarecronin@disability-federation.ie
Tipperary County Council: Dan Downey, Disability Access Officer 0818 06 5000

Wednesday, 22 September, 2021 - 10:00
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