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Wednesday, 19th September, 2018 4:43pm

The first ever National Make Way Day for those with disabilities is set to take place next Wednesday.

Cork County Council is among 15 Councils supporting the first year of the event, a day of action reminding everyone to make way for people with a disability.

Initiated by the Disability Federation of Ireland, Corkonians can expect to see the friendly MakeWayDay stickers appearing around towns and villages. Disability groups, organisations and campaigners will hit the streets to draw attention in a fun way to the challenges posed by items being thoughtlessly left on the footpath.

The campaign aims to highlight the everyday obstacles faced by people with disabilities, such as cars or vans parked on a footpath blocking the way, bicycle/motorbikes chained to lampposts creating a trip hazard for a visually impaired person and illegally placed sandwich boards, forgotten bins, barrels and other obstructions.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, himself a wheelchair user, received unanimous support from Cork County elected members in his motion to participate in the campaign.

“I am committed to driving forward the introduction of Make Way Day in order to highlight the everyday physical obstacles that 13 per cent of the Irish population face when trying to navigate the streets of our towns and villages here in Cork,” he said.

“Quite often it is a genuine lack of awareness, and what Make Way Day sets out to achieve is for all of us to take a second to think of what we are doing and be conscious of the public spaces we all share.”

County groups taking part include Castlemartyr Family Carers and Disability Support Group, Bantry Age Friendly, Irish Wheelchair Association Mallow, IRD Duhallow and West Cork Partnership.

The campaign will also comprise a one day social media blitz, with posts trending the hashtags #MakeWayDay and #MakeWayCork.

Cork people can join the movement by taking their own photos and videos of any obstacles they come across and sharing them on social media.

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