St Enoch’s Shopping Centre Install Sign Created by Young Person’s Campaign
THE inspirational schoolgirl behind a campaign to raise awareness of ‘invisible’ disabilities is celebrating a Glasgow milestone.
Grace Warnock, the youngest ever winner of the Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year Editor’s Award, came up with a sign for accessible toilets which has now been adopted across the country.
Yesterday, she teamed up with St Enoch Centre general manager Anne Ledgerwood as the city shopping mall – which sponsors SWOTY – became the latest organisation to install Grace’s Sign.
Grace, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of nine, came up with the idea for a more inclusive sign after facing criticism from strangers when she used accessible toilets.
The 13-year-old’s design can now be seen in hundreds of places across Scotland, including the Scottish Parliament.
Anne Ledgerwood said: “Grace’s innovative campaign is helping to improve life for people with disabilities across Scotland and raising awareness that not all disabilities can be seen.
“We’re extremely proud to support Grace and her clever signage will ensure that St. Enoch Centre is accessible to all of our shoppers.”
Grace, who is from Prestonpans in East Lothian, said: “I’m really excited about seeing my sign up here.
“Glasgow people have really got behind my campaign ever since I won the SWOTY award and I’m grateful to them.”
Her mum Judith said: “Hopefully now that the signage is in such a busy shopping centre, others in the retail sector will consider introducing it.”
Grace added: “I’m campaigning now to have the signage introduced to schools and I want to make an educational video that will help young people understand more about invisible disabilities.”
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Source: The Evening Times