The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) has today launched a nationwide awareness campaign urging people not to place obstacles in the way of people who are blind and vision impaired.
The sight loss agency has released a video showing the difficulties people with impaired vision face on a daily basis as they try to navigate their way through towns and cities countrywide.
Obstacles include cars parked on footpaths, bins in the middle of paths, overhanging branches, dog litter and more recently election posters - all of which can pose problems and potential danger for people with impaired sight.
Kevin Kelly, Head of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns with NCBI says that currently, some election candidates and their parties are showing a blatant disregard for electoral law and in particular the safety of people with impaired vision. Election posters are required to be a minimum of 2.1 metres (7 ft) from the ground. The NCBI has seen multiple examples where this requirement is being ignored in the race for votes.