Make Way Day 2021

Make Way in my 5k!

Laois 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 on Friday, September 24th when the Make Way Day campaign returns, with a testing twist!

“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.

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.

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 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 is to have all the 5ks or neighbourhoods join up, to give one comprehensive map of access in Ireland. The aim is to feed the coordinated results back to the right people and work together towards clearer streets.

Laois Sports Partnership together with Laois County Council, the Irish Wheelchair Association and Portlaoise Active Retirement Group will conduct a survey on Friday 24th September at 11.00am. Meeting at Portlaoise Parish Centre, participants will be assisted with the completion of the on-line survey.  Borris in Ossory Development Group are also conducting a similar event on the 24th September.

Irish Paralympic medalists Nicole Turner and Gary O’Reilly fully support Make Way Day 2021 and are delighted to be involved in promoting this campaign at local level.

Remember everyone can get involved #MakeWayDay21.