Make Way Day Webinar
In advance of Make Way Day on 24th September and as part of European Mobility Week, Dublin City Council is organising a webinar to draw attention to the challenges and obstacles faced by vulnerable road users every day. The webinar takes place from 1-2pm on Tuesday 21st September.
We’ll be joined by the National Disability Authority, the Disability Federation of Ireland and Voice for Vision Impairment Ireland to share the challenges faced by their members in relation to navigating urban space. We’ll hear about what each group of road users can do to be more considerate in making public space more welcoming and accessible place for everyone.
- Mary Tallant and Naomi Oldenburg, National Disability Authority
- Robbie Sinnott, Voice of Vision Impairment
- Pierce Richardson, Disability Federation of Ireland
The webinar will be facilitated by Michael Foley, One Open Dialogue.
Date: Tuesday 21st September
A recording of this webinar is available on the Zoom website
Mary Tallant and Naomi Oldenburg, National Disability Authority (NDA)
Mary Tallant and Naomi Oldenburg are from the Standards and Monitoring Unit within the National Disability Authority (NDA).
The NDA is an independent statutory body that provides information and advice to the Government on policy and practice relevant to the lives of persons with disabilities. We have a role to assist the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth in the co-ordination of disability policy.
Our functions include research, developing and collaborating on the development of relevant statistics; assisting in the development of standards; developing codes of practice and monitoring the implementation of standards, codes and employment of persons with disabilities in the public service. We work through our Centre for Excellence in Universal Design to promote the universal design of the built environment, products, services and information and communication technologies so that they can be easily accessed and used by everyone, regardless of age, size, ability or disability.
Robbie Sinnott, Voice of Vision Impairment (VVI)
Robbie is co-ordinator and co-founder of Voice of Vision Impairment (VVI), which is the national representative organisation of visually impaired people in Ireland. A key campaigning focus of Robbie’s through the years has been safe and accessible travel for visually impaired people in particular, and all disabled people in general.
Robbie is currently Dublin City PPN (social inclusion college) representative on Dublin City Council’s Planning and Urban Form Strategic Policy Committee, and is part of VVI’s delegation which regularly works with Transport Infrastructure Ireland since February 2021 on the safety needs of visually impaired travellers.
Robbie has continued to highlight accessibility issues for disabled pedestrians in the media; and along with colleagues in Voice of Vision Impairment, has been working on a Manual of Accessible Planning for Pedestrians (MAPP), which VVI hopes to publish in the coming months.
Pierce Richardson, Disability Federation of Ireland
Pierce heads up the Make Way Day campaign and co-ordinates nationwide activity working closely with county councils and groups all over Ireland. He returned to education and obtained a 1ST class Masters in Sociology and Social Policy from Maynooth University.
Pierce is a Dubliner with a firm belief that everybody in society should be valued equally. His other passion is street photography where he gets the chance to capture real life in action.
Disability Federation Ireland’s vision is an Ireland where people with disabilities and disabling conditions are fully included and enabled to reach their full potential in the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN CRPD. DFI works towards these goals by listening to the voices of the disability movement and strengthening the voice of people with disabilities.