May 22, 2022

New ‘Rose Ayling-Ellis’ Act gives British Sign Language legal status for the first time

A NEW ‘Rose Ayling-Ellis Act’ is set to give British Sign Language legal status for the first time.

Strict champion Rose, 27, who made history as the show’s first deaf contestant, threw her weight behind the campaign for the legislation.

The deaf actress wowed viewers with her Strictly performancesCredit: BBC
Glitterball Trophy winner Rose Ayling-Ellis used her newfound stardom to urge MPs to do more to roll out BSL – pictured with dance partner Giovanni Pernice

This paves the way for more signatories in schools, hospitals and medical practices to help deaf patients and students.

EastEnders star Rose moved the nation to tears with her poignant silent dance to Strictly with partner Giovanni Pernice, in a moving tribute to the deaf community.

The Glitterball Trophy winner used her newfound stardom to urge MPs to do more to roll out BSL.

Tweeting earlier this week, she said, “Let’s make this happen! #SignTheBill.

In an unusual move, ministers will today announce they are backing a bill tabled by Labor opponent Rosie Cooper.

Minister for Work and Pensions Chloe Smith said: “Deaf people will have a level playing field by making BSL interpreters more accessible, finally removing these barriers to essential services.”

This Morning accused of blundering after Holly Willoughby told deaf Rose Ayling-Ellis ‘you won’t be able to hear a pin drop’

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