LONGFORD ACCESS

COMMITTEE

Supported by DisAbled People Of Longford

(DPOL)

WHAT IS ACCESS

Access for people with disabilities, denotes the ability to freely negotiate our built external and internal environments. To enter, circulate in and leave freely,easily and safely (including emergencey evacuation)buildings to which the public has access, i.e.

  • Banking facilities

  • Postal mail

  • Making a telephone call

  • Gaining acess to a toilet in a public building

  • Gaining access to most public buildings

WHAT IS AN ACCESS COMMITTE

The Longford Access Committe is an umbrella group of representatives of volentary organisations, state and semi-state bodies and interested individuals, endeavouring to achieve a barrier-free environment in which people with disabilities, sensory impaired and less abled can function freely and equally in our community.

Our group will regularly monitor planning applications to identify any potential hazards or problems PRIOR to commencement or completion of projects to insure that the facilities planned are suitable for those they were intended, thus avoiding the need for later costly rectification.

We will survey existing buildings and provide written reports outlining any problems with recommendations for whatever improvements we beleive possible. This Longford Access Committee will also monitor the external built environment i.e. streetscapes, parking etc and negotiate with the relevant councils to achieve a 'access friendly' environment

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE

CHAIRPERSON

Ms Valerie Moran

D.P.O.L.

VICE CHAIRPERSON

Ms Anna Mc Donnagh

MS/D.P.O.L.

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Ms Anne Marie Langan

Occupational Therapist

P.R.O.

Mr.Eugene Murphy

Broadcaster and Politician

ACCESS OFFICER

Mr Milo Lowry

LONGFORD COUNTY COUNCIL

ACCESS OFFICER

Mr Brian Faughan

LONGFORD URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

ACCESS OFFICER

Mr Frank Gearty

GEARTY SOLICITORS

ACCESS OFFICER

Mr Eamon Glennan

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

ACCESS OFFICER

Ms Catherine Merry

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF THE BLIND

ACCESS OFFICER

Mr Liam Madden

ARCHITECT

CONSULTANTS

Mr Peter Mc Hugh

Planning and Development

Mr Shane Mc Cabe

> Media Advisor

WHAT IS DISABILITY

The first thing that comes to mind when the term 'disabled people' can often be of someone who uses a wheel chair. But it can be defined as people who have impairment, either temporary or permanment of hearing or sight,or an impairment which limits their ability to walk or which restricts them to using a wheelchair.

OBJECTIVES 1999 - 2000

1. Address difficulties with state of footpaths and roads

2. Campaign for Disabled Parking areas.

3. Develop a directory of accessible facilities in Longford Town co-operation with the disability organisations.

4. Develop a website for the access Committee.

The access for the Disabled Association must remain strong and vibrant and we must all remenber that it will take time and patience to get our communities to a standard where people with disabilities can live and move about freely.

We must never give up the battle to attain what is our civil right by the constitution, which states that all citizens are equal.

THE LONGFORD ACCESS COMMITTEE WAS LAUNCHED

ON TUESDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 1999 AT LONGFORD SLASHERS

GAA CLUB.

The Committee can be contacted at:-

EMAIL longcomm@iol.ie

PHONE 04376083

FAX 043 50193

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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