Access issues for those with disabilities highlighted in Tullamore

Justin Kelly

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Justin Kelly

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Access issues for those with disabilities highlighted in Tullamore

Access issues for those with disabilities highlighted in Tullamore

Enhancing Equality Offaly organised an event in Tullamore library to mark The Disability Federation of Irelands Make Way Day, which aimed to highlight access issues around the town. They uncovered some blatant access problems for those with disabilities. 

In excess of 70 people attended the event including people living with disabilities, older adults and staff from Community, Voluntary and Statutory organisations. All three secondary schools in Tullamore participated in the event; The Sacred Heart School, Colaiste Choilm and Tullamore College.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to report on accessibility issues during facilitated workshops in Tullamore Library or could choose to attend a guided walk around identified areas of Tullamore town.

All in attendance had the opportunity to learn more about Enhancing Equality Offaly which is a group that comprises of agencies and people with disabilities who have come together to form a development group. 

EEO are committed to: Hearing the voices of people with disabilities and working together to explore and provide training opportunities. The group will highlight accessibility issues within our County and will establish A Disability Network in County Offaly.

Those who participated on the walkabout went out in the company of Offaly County Council Staff members and held up Make Way Day stickers where obstacles were identified examples included inappropriate parked cars, bicycles, plant pots and sandwich boards. They took pictures of these obstacles and posted them to social media using the #MakeWayDay and #MakeWayOffaly.

The walkabout was in the commercial areas of Tullamore Town. A map was given to each team on the day and this was the area that each group identified and noted obstacles which were then fed back to the group facilitators. All feedback from the event will be compiled by Enhancing Equality Offaly and will be submitted to all the relevant agencies. Photos from the day were taken by Gavin Woodruff.

 Enhancing Equality Offaly would like to thank all the businesses within the town centre and all those who supported the event on the day. Caroline Brickland, Offaly Local Development Company and EEO member stated that “It was great to see so many people attend today’s Make Way Day, it’s important that we all work together to make our communities accessibility for everyone.”

Enhancing Equality Offaly are running an 8-week photography course for people with disabilities commencing on the 9th of October 2018. For more information on this opportunity or for further information on Enhancing Equality Offaly contact Caroline Brickland, Offaly Local Development Company on 087 602 88 01 or emailcbrickland@offalyldc.ie