Boyle will be a mong a number of towns in County Roscommon and nationwide to stage public events on Friday September 22nd to mark ” Make Way Day”.
“Make Way Day” is a campaign that brings the disability and wider community together to consider the needs of people with disabilities in the public spaces we all share.
It is led by the Disability Federation of Ireland and is a unique collaboration across Ireland and the voluntary and local government sectors. But most of all it’s about people with disabilities.
Demonstrations on how cars parked on footpaths, bicycles illegally parked and bins left on footpaths can affect people with disabilities, will take place in Boyle along with Castlerea, Ballaghaderreen, Strokestown and Roscommont own.
Most people are unaware of the problems this behavior causes and a friendly reminder is enough to get most people to change.
‘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.
Leading the charge are people with disabilities, local authorities, and disability organisations armed with an online tool that was specifically designed for Make Way Day.
Access is the most basic of all disability rights. The public footpaths are for everyone. In a wider context, this one day focuses the mind on people with disabilities, their lives, and needs.
The campaign was phenomenally successful last year, reaching over 1,000,000 people on social media and appearing across media including RTÉ Morning Ireland.