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Kildare Local Authorities National Accessibility Week

Kildare Local Authorities National Accessibility Week

28 November – 2 December 2011

Local Authority National Accessibility Week 2011 is taking place from 28 November to 2 December 2011. The week-long campaign will coincide with International Day of People with Disability which is taking place on 3 December 2011.

National Accessibility Week is a continuation of the 2010 campaign which was designed with a particular focus on illegal and inconsiderate parking, poor parking behaviour and the difficulties and access issues that are caused by parking on footpaths, blocking entrances etc. The theme of the week is ‘Park Right’.

Parking illegally on the footpath effectively forces people with disabilities, wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs, older people, visually impaired and all pedestrians onto the roadway and into traffic. The campaign aims to create general awareness of this issue on both a national and local level.

National Accessibility Week is being supported and promoted in Kildare by APCOA Parking, who provide a Parking Management service on behalf of the Council in the towns of Kildare, Newbridge, Celbridge and Leixlip.

Commenting on the launch of National Accessibility Week in Kildare, APCOA Managing Director Neil Cunningham said, “We are delighted to be involved with Kildare County Council in highlighting poor parking behaviours which impact on people with disabilities. APCOA Traffic Wardens will be issuing information leaflets to members of the public throughout National Accessibility Week, and can be approached at any time for advice or information on accessible parking”.

The week is being co-ordinated and supported by the Local Authority Access Officer Network and the LGMSB National Disability Steering Committee.

To mark Local Authority National Accessibility Week there will be a number of initiatives taking place, within Kildare some of which are highlighted below:

- Schools poster campaign

- Meeting of Kildare Network of People with Disabilities Ireland

- Issuing of flyers with Motor Tax documentation

- Media awareness campaign

- Colouring competition

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