Kilkenny businesses and shoppers urged to keep paths clear for wheelchair users
By Jayde Maher
The Irish Wheelchair Association is urging Kilkenny Council and local businesses to keep their pathways and disability parking clear for shoppers in wheelchairs.
A recent Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) survey found that 77% of people with physical disabilities have poor or no access to amenities and public spaces because of issues with pavements, parking and pedestrian crossings.
“We appreciate the generous support we continue to receive from people and companies in Kilkenny despite the pandemic and all its challenges,” said the IWA’s Joan Carthy.
The charity recently launched its Christmas Fundraising Appeal, which supports its national services for people with physical disabilities through 57 community centres and sports clubs across the country.
Running the wheelchair bus services alone costs the association almost €1 million each year.
To support the Irish Wheelchair Association this Christmas, visit https://www.iwa.ie/donate/