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Ursula

Ursula

Name: Ursula Campbell
Age: 30
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Ballymoney, County Antrim
Campaign: To make pedestrian crossings safer for those with disabilities

I am part of a group of people with learning difficulties, who want to make traffic intersections where we live safer for those disabilities.

 

Crossing busy roads safely can be a challenge for anybody. But for someone with a visual or sensory impairment, it can be doubly difficult and often scary.

 

For instance, some of us are partially sighted and colour blind, and therefore unable to tell the difference between the green and red man.

 

That is why we are campaigning for an audible beep to be added to the traffic light system at certain congested pedestrian crossings in Ballymoney.

 

We feel the change would help people with disabilities better negotiate certain busy junctions in our town and would allow them to be more independent in their day-to-day lives.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Carmel Robinson

David Hunter

Eric McCook

Gerard McKendry

Hannah McMichael

Peter Maxwell

Phillip Owens

Trevor Purdon

 

 

 

 

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Tina Campbell supports our Fix and was interviewed for our broadcast story.

 

Roads Service

Jackson Minford from the Roads Service supports our Fix and met with us to discuss ways of improving pedestrian safety for people with disabilities. He was also interviewed for our broadcast piece.

 

Compass Advocacy Network (CAN)

CAN is a user-led organisation of people with learning difficulties. Senior Drop-In Coordinator, Sylvia McCaughan, strongly supports our Fix and has helped us throughout the various stages of our campaign.

June 2014

I have won a place to take part in the Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Indiana, USA in July!

 

Best Buddies is an international organisation that focuses on creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with learning disabilities. 

 

With only 5 spots available worldwide, I am very excited to have received the recognition of Best Overall Winner and to represent Northern Ireland at their conference.

 

I feel the skills I gained through being a Fixer played a role in this win.  My Fix helped me build my confidence in expressing my feelings and concerns, and showed me how to advocate for myself and others – an integral part of being a Best Buddies Ambassador.

 

April 2014 

Since our story was featured on UTV in February, our campaign has been gaining momentum!

 

Sylvia McCaughan, a Senior Drop-In Coordinator at Compass Advocacy Network who has been helping us with our Fixers project, was invited to attend the Ballymoney Borough Road Safety Committee meeting in March on our behalf.

 

Our views have been considered and the Road Service is now looking into the possibility of adding an audible beep to the traffic signal.

 

We are determined to carry on campaigning to make pedestrian crossings safer for those with disabilities - not just in our community but also beyond.

 

It’s nice to see we’re making progress and we would like to thank everybody who’s getting behind our campaign.

 

February 2014

Our story was featured on the UTV Live website and in the Ballymoney Times. Click on the links to read each article.

 

After our story was broadcast on UTV Live earlier this month, local councillor Thomas McKeown, who is a member of the Ballymoney Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and on the Ballymoney Borough Road Safety Committee, has offered to support our Fixers campaign! He has invited us along to the next committee meeting to air our views.

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