NDCS press release:
Rosie Eggleston, Participation Manager at the National Deaf Children’s Society, said:
“Congratulations to Rose and Giovanni for topping the leader board with a perfect score on Strictly Come Dancing this week. Rose’s story has really captured the public’s imagination, as the huge upswing in interest in British Sign Language shows.
“Rose’s success should help dispel some of the common misconceptions about deaf people and music. Her performances show that deaf people appreciate and enjoy music every bit as much as hearing people.
“We also applaud the Strictly team for their efforts to make the experience accessible for Rose. They’ve enabled her to compete on an equal footing with the other contestants and this means she can excel in the competition.
“We’re all rooting for Rose and Giovanni and hope they go all the way to lift the Glitterball Trophy.”
Deaf young person, Holly, 18, a member of the National Deaf Children’s Society’s Young People’s Advisory Board, added: “It’s great to see inclusivity in TV shows and it may inspire a budding Deaf dancer to pursue becoming a professional dancer.”