Every corner of Ireland will be put to the test for basic access issues on 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 Westmeath County Council Cllr Frankie Keena 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 Westmeath County Council and our partner organisations in Westmeath Disability Working Group are happy to work with DFI and supporting the role out of Make Way Day across Westmeath county.”
“As a result of our participation in past years we have carried out a number of walkability studies in the county. Problems identified through these studies were brought to the attention of the council staff and a plan of action resulted. This is how serious we are about Groups of people with disabilities, their allies, Older persons groups and local Access Groups from across County Westmeath”
The backbone of this campaign are people with disabilities and older people. 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 app will be available at www.makewayday.com 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.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 20/09/2021