Eight-year-old girl takes on her local council

Naomi Gwynne of Hamilton, took matters into her own hands after visiting a local park with her brother who is disabled, only to find that he was unable to use the new equipment. 

Reported by the BBC, she wrote to South Lanarkshire Council: "I like the new park but please could you make a disabled swing for it? “Isaac my twin brother is too big for a baby swing but can't hold on to the bars of the grown up swings. “His favourite thing is a swing and we are both sad. Why did you forget about him? I have drawn a swing he would like. Thank you." The council swung into action and the head of facilities, waste and grounds services, Alistair McKinnon, said: "We can confirm a new seat which is suitable for Isaac has now been installed. "All new play areas are designed to incorporate an element of inclusive play. The overall aim is to allow children of all abilities to play together and present a range of experiences and challenges." The twins’ mother, Miriam Gwynne said: "I was so sad that a brand new park would not be automatically inclusive and so proud of my eight-year-old for standing up for her brother. "Isaac has complex autism, is non-verbal, has global delay and learning difficulties and NF1 [disorder]. "He is also visually impaired and requires a lot of care. But to Naomi he is simply her brother who deserves to play and swing as much as anyone else."
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