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Girl Writes Letter to Council Asking For a Disabled Swing

Girl Is Upset When Park Doesn't Have a "Disabled Swing" For Her Brother

Eight-year-old Naomi is standing up for her twin brother, Isaac, after being utterly disappointed that the new park they'd been anxiously awaiting the opening of doesn't have a "disabled swing" for Isaac to play with. In a letter addressed to the South Lanarkshire Council in Scotland, Naomi wrote to the council, "I like the new park, but please could you make a disabled swing for it?"

The young girl continues, explaining that Issac's favorite thing to do at the park is swing, but he's too big for a baby swing and can't hold onto the bars on a normal kid swing. "Why did you forget about him?" she asked in the note, featuring a sweet hand-drawn photo of what she thinks the new swing should look like.

Naomi's mother, Miriam Gwynne, told told that she and her children had been excited during the entire duration of the park's construction. They have become regulars since its opening, attending often, and Gwynne had no idea either of her kids were unhappy until she found the letter Naomi wrote all by herself. "I read her letter through tears as I suddenly realized she was right. Her brother who has severe autism, NF1, a brain tumor, and severe learning difficulties had no swing," Gwynne said. "He has no speech, but her letter spoke for them both."

Gwynne tweeted her daughter's letter to the South Lanarkshire Council and was surprised when she actually received a response. "We try to include different pieces of inclusive play equipment in each of our play areas to offer variety," a spokesperson for the council replied in a message to Gwynne on Twitter. "We have asked the designer to look into whether the existing swing frame can incorporate a disabled seat for Isaac. Thanks for letting us know about this."

Gwynne couldn't be more proud of her daughter's actions, adding, "She has autism herself so to have thought to write a letter is incredible."

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