We thank Presenter John Greene for the following advance notice:
Simple, everyday tasks like going to a shop, bank or post office, crossing a street or making your way along a busy footpath, can at times be a nightmare for a person with a physical disability.
To mark United Nations International day of people with disabilities, Clonakilty Access Group and the Cope Foundation have invited regular wheelchair users, but especially able bodies people to take a wheelchair journey through the streets of the West Cork town. Their hope is that ‘May a while in a wheelchair transform your views’.
In this week’s edition of ‘Where The Road Takes Me’, John Greene joins all concerned to witness the event and discover the results.
Able bodied people tell us that the challenge was a complete eye-opener, while regular wheelchair users found that the challenge came with the usual obstacles found in any town.
Monsignor Aidan O’Driscoll talks about work already carried out in the local church to make it wheelchair friendly.
Launching the event, Mayor of Clonakilty Anthony McDermott tells us that although his office does not have statutuory powers, he will be doing all he can to bring the results of the challenge to the relevant authorities.
Local Area Engineer Michael Tobin explains how so many different sections of the community have to be considered when carrying out extensive streetscaping in the town, which isn’t yet fully completed.
Where the road takies me, from Astna Square Clonakilty, this Sunday evening at 7, on C103.