Kathryn Thomas and Kevin Kilbane attempted to traverse the streets of Dublin in wheelchairs recently in order to raise awareness for a very important issue.
The TV presenter and the former national football player were taking part in One Simple Change: The Challenge Access Campaign, which is hoping to make Ireland a more inclusive society.
The campaign was conceived by Stephen Cluskey, the creator of accessible parking website Mobility Mojo, who said,
“As a wheelchair user myself, I know that people with higher access needs can be unwittingly isolated in society… Imagine trying to meet friends for dinner but there isn’t enough space between the tables for you to navigate your wheelchair around. Imagine trying to decide what you’ll order if you can’t see the menu. Things that many people take for granted as being simple can become major barriers for people with higher access needs so small changes can make a huge difference”.
Cluskey also spoke about the campaign on last week’s ‘The Late Late Show’
To help the able-bodied understand the problem that wheelchair users face in Ireland, Kilane and Thomas put themselves in their position.
Here’s how they got on.
Kevin Kilbane’s Challenge Access
Kathryn Thomas’ Challenge Access
If you’d like to help make Ireland a more inclusive, accessible country to live, send your idea for ‘One Simple Change’ HERE or tweet with the hashtag #ChallengeAccess.