Cabinet Secretary Angela Constance MSP visits Scottish Braille Press


Press Release | 06/10/2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities today paid a visit to the Scottish Braille Press to find out more about its role as an employer of disabled people.

Angela Constance MSPAngela Constance MSP met staff and toured the facilities of the Scottish Braille Press in Craigmillar Park, Edinburgh, today.

Ministers are visiting several supported businesses throughout Scotland to find out how they help people with disabilities and mental health issues to gain meaningful employment.

Press employee demonstrates sound recording Angela Constance MSPThe Scottish Braille Press, which is run by the charity Royal Blind, has a proud history of providing employment for disabled people. Today around 50% of the workforce have some form of disability. 

In 2013 the Scottish Braille Press was awarded the Job Centre + Two Ticks Award, which is better known as the Positive About Disabled People Symbol.

Ms Constance said: “Around half of the staff at Royal Blind Scottish Braille Press are disabled, and they are a fantastic example of an employer offering support and opportunities to disabled people.

“Businesses like this help people with disabilities to maintain and improve their overall independence and wellbeing, and to get back into the labour market, while also producing high-quality goods and services.”

Sandra Wright, Deputy Manager of the Scottish Braille Press, added: “We are delighted that Ms Constance visited the Press to find out more about our role as a supported business.

“Less than half of working age people with disabilities are employed in the UK. Historically the Scottish Braille Press employed many visually impaired people and today we are proud to continue the tradition of providing employment opportunities for disabled people, including those with a visual impairment, mental health issues and those on the autism spectrum.”

This year the Scottish Braille Press celebrates its 125th anniversary.