|Make Way Day is coming to a street where you live on Friday 22 September 2023.
Make Way Day is our annual campaign to make way on our streets for people with disabilities and to raise public awareness about the problems caused by obstacles blocking footpaths. “Hey, this blocks my way!” is our message.
People with disabilities will be out and about on 22 September with disability groups and local organisations to highlight obstacles such as:
- Cars or vans parked on a footpath blocking the way
- Bicycles/motorbikes chained to lamp posts creating a trip hazard for a visually impaired person.
- Illegally placed sandwich boards, forgotten bins, barrels and other obstructions.
Most people are unaware of the problems this behavior causes and we’ve found 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.
So, on Friday 22 September 2023, obstacles that block the way and complicate the lives of people with disabilities 365 days of the year are highlighted.
Better yet photos and videos are taken and posted and shared on social media using our hashtag #MakeWayDay23.
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.
The campaign was phenomenally successful last year, trending all day on Twitter and appearing across media including RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme.
We would be grateful for your support once again this year for our campaign. You can follow updates on social media using our official hashtags and we would love to hear what you have planned for the day. Email us here with any queries.