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Making Donegal more disability-friendly 05.09.08

PEOPLE in Inishowen are being invited to have their say on disability access to public buildings, outdoor amenities, footpaths and other public spaces.
The invitation is part of Donegal County Council's new Disability Implementation Plan for 2009 2015 and people will be able to let their voices be heard at either an upcoming workshop or by making written submissions during the consultation period from September 8 until October 17, 2008.
Access officer for Donegal's county and town councils, Noreen McLaughlin, said the plan had been informed by the findings of the accessibility audits undertaken in late 2007 of public buildings, public spaces and public roads/footpaths, towns and villages, heritage sites, burial grounds, services and facilities.
"This plan will assist Donegal local authorities in meeting and complying with their obligations under the Disability Act 2005 and in line with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government Sectoral Plan."
Director of housing and building services, Liam Kelly added: "This new Disability Implementation Plan will build on the work undertaken over the last number of years and a key element in the development of this plan has been the involvement of organisations representing people with disabilities through the local authorities Disability Strategy Group."
The Disability Strategy Group is chaired by Eddie Crawford, a representative of the Donegal network of People with Disabilities in Ireland and the group also includes representation of the Disability Federation of Ireland and Donegal Disability Access Advisory Group.
"The plan will guide the work of the local authorities in terms of disability access for the next seven years and it is very important that people with disabilities and their families have their say in relation to this plan," said Mr Crawford.
A consultation event will be held at Carndonagh Public Service Centre on September 30, 2008, from 1pm 3pm. Registration is required and you can do so by calling 074 91 72378 or emailing nmclaugh@donegalcoco.ie  or writing to Noreen McLaughlin, access officer, Donegal County Council, Lifford, Co Donegal. Submissions and observations from the public will accepted up until October 17, 2008.
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