Make Way Day

a DFI led campaign

Friday, 24th September 2021

About Make Way Day 2021

Make way on our streets for people with disabilities.

“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.

Access is the most basic of all disability rights. The public footpaths are for everyone and we can all agree on that. In a wider context, this one day focuses the mind on people with disabilities, their lives, and needs.

Last year, the CRC played a big role in supporting and promoting the Make Way Day campaign and featured in many of the RTÉ News bulletins and all across social media.
Irish Independent 2019 article featuring image of Aoife and Connie dealing with street hazards.

Obstacles on paths can have an impact on all members of society

“Hey! This blocks my way!”

The Usual Suspects

Cars

parked on footpath

Bins

left out

Bikes

badly parked

Obstacles

like street furniture

Dogs

not picking up after your dog

Zoom Details
Click on the event card on the right to view the Zoom details for this year’s Make Way Day.

fri24sep10:45 amfri3:00 pmMake Way DayErasmus+ Activity10:45 am – 3:00 pm

draw attention to the challenges posed by things left on the footpath

Running Order
  • 10:45am - 11:00am
    Start the Day & Welcome Everyone
    Stephen Glynn

    Participants can join the Zoom Meeting at this time to test the connection on their devices. Stephen will welcome all Erasmus+ participants to this new Erasmus+ Activity.

  • 11:00am - 11:15am
    Guest Speaker
    Frank Kelly

    We are very excited to have Frank Kelly joining us as our first guest speaker for today. Frank will be talking about equal access to transport and why it is important.

  • 11:15am - 11:30am
    Guest Speaker
    Duncan Smith, TD

    We are delighted to have Duncan Smith joining us today. Duncan is currently a sitting Labour TD for Dublin Fingal County Council since 2014.

  • 11:30am - 11:40am
    Tea Break
  • 11:40am - 12:00pm
    Make Way Day 2021
    Kevin Dempsey, DFI

    For this year's Make Way Day 2021 campaign, the DFI have created a wonderful digital tool which allows users to tag obstacles along a journey, upload pictures and then give an accessibility rating for that journey. It is a brilliant and easy tool to use which also allows users to share their findings on social media.

    Kevin Dempsey from DFI will be joining us and will show us how to use this tool. Kevin is Head of Fundraising and Development with DFI.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Community Activity

    For the afternoon community activity, Erasmus+ participants are encouraged to go out on journeys and use the DFI digital tool to capture and rate the accessibility of these journeys.

    For Erasmus+ participants who are remaining onsite, Mary and Megan will be facilitating activities based on the Make Way Day Campaign.

Submit Photos

You can use this form to send photos of obstacles that you have encountered.

Photos can be send from any mobile device, including tablets and you don’t require an email address to submit them.

It takes just four simple steps to complete this form. So please feel free to share your experience of Make Way Day 2021.
Shared Photos
Obstacle Hotspot
Hover over the blinking red dots to unveil more details about that particular obstacle.

Can you identify any other less obvious obstructions?
Be mindful of where you place your wheelie bin when putting it out for collection.

Please don't leave your bin out longer than it has to be.

Ask yourself, is my bin blocking access to the foot-path?
Did you know that by local authority law, shops need to have a permit if they are placing a sandwich-board on the footpath outside of their shops?
Illegally parked cars on footpaths poise a danger to people who are forced to navigate around them with great difficulty.
Bag and bin your dog litter!
Crossword Challenge
We like to make our activities fun, so try and have a go at the Make Way Day Crossword Challenge.

Printed copies of the crossword will be available in all onsite CRC centres.
Wordsearch Challenge
Do you love completing word searches?
Well why not have a go at finding all the hidden words in this Make Way Day word search.
Resources
Do you want to learn more about community inclusion and accessibility? 
Check out some of these resources related to the Make Way Day Campaign.

Click here to enter the Make Way Day interactive presentation.

Download the Zoom virtual background for the Make Way Day Campaign

Click here to open the Make Way Day website

President Higgins Message in support of Make Way Day 2021, Disability Federation of Ireland.
Here is a video showing you how to use the Make Way Day online easy-to-use tool.
Watch 9 year old cane user, Edith’s experience of coping with dog fouling and her plea to pet owners to pick up after their dogs.
The DFI have created a promotional video highlighting this year’s campaign.
Our Survey Findings
As part of this year’s Make Way Day campaign, the Erasmus+ Committee would like to hear your thoughts and your own experiences of obstacles that you’ve come across.

The below presentation will display live results and findings from the survey.
View Zoom Recording
Did you miss the Make Way Campaign on Zoom?
Don’t worry as we have you covered.
You can catch up on what you missed by viewing the main morning session here.
Our Partners
The CRC Erasmus+ Committee would like to thank the following partners in supporting this event, especially the Disability Federation of Ireland for organising the May Way Day 2021 campaign and for sharing their digital tools.

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