Scottish Parliament’s commitment to accessibility praised by McAlpine

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South Scotland SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has praised the Scottish Parliament for its commitment to accessibility following a successful work placement by Annan school student Lewis Shaw, who is registered blind.

Lewis spent time with Joan’s constituency staff in Dumfries and later travelled to Edinburgh for a day in the parliament.

Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:

“It was a pleasure to host Lewis in my offices in Dumfries and Edinburgh. The Scottish Parliament has always impressed on accessibility, but we were delighted to receive an up-to-date Braille resources for Lewis to read during his placement.

“During his visit to the parliament, Lewis met the Minister for Childcare and Early Years Mark McDonald MSP.

“Mark was impressed by Lewis’ ideas – Lewis is clearly a politician in the making!”

Lewis Shaw added:

“Prior to this work experience I was unsure of what career I was going to pursue, now I am feeling more clear and I think for me politics is the way to go.

“Joan and the team really made this experience very real for me and I appreciated the time taken to help me.”


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