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Rose Ayling details her fight to have sign language registered


Strictly champion Rose Ayling-Ellis detailed her battle to have sign language made into a registered language during an appearance on This Morning on Tuesday.

The EastEnders star, 27, appeared on the show alongside her dance partner Giovanni Pernice, 31, where they detailed their delight at winning the show last month, while Rose, who is deaf, also spoke about her fight for sign language. 

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, she said: ‘It’s been recognised as a language, but it’s not been official. That becomes such a big problem… sign language needs to be more appreciated… It’s got such a rich history’.  

Fight: Strictly champion Rose Ayling-Ellis detailed her battle to have sign language made into a registered language during an appearance on This Morning on Tuesday

Rose discussed the struggles many deaf people face, as she went on: ‘I have heard so many stories about deaf people going to a doctor appointment and they ask for an interpreter and they don’t refer them an interpreter…

‘So they end up needing their child to translate, or a family member. That shouldn’t be. Because it’s not an official language, we can’t do anything about it.’

She explained how she is getting the ball rolling, saying: ‘I’ve called Rosie Cooper the MP, so I think she’s going to start to debate…

‘It’s passed the first stage but it has to go through the second stage at the end of January. If it goes through, and then they have a third one, it will become an official language.

Proud: Rose spoke of her delight at walking away victorious in Strictly

Proud: Rose spoke of her delight at walking away victorious in Strictly 

Fight: Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, she said: 'It's been recognised as a language, but it's not been official. That becomes such a big problem... sign language needs to be more appreciated... It's got such a rich history'

Fight: Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, she said: ‘It’s been recognised as a language, but it’s not been official. That becomes such a big problem… sign language needs to be more appreciated… It’s got such a rich history’

Phillip said the Google search for British sign language was up by 488 per cent and added Rose had inspired a whole range of people, and Rose said: ‘I think that’s amazing because sign language needs to be more appreciated…

‘It’s got such a rich history. The first record of sign language in the UK was 400 years ago. People don’t realise it’s such a beautiful language…

‘It’s got its own grammar, its own structure, so it’s really nice to see people inspired by that and want to learn. Even just a small, simple sign can make a big difference.’

Rose made history as the show’s first deaf contestant with one of her dances making history thanks to a silent spell, which left audiences in awe. 

Winners! Holly asked Giovanni what it was like to win for the first time after seven years and he said: 'All the time, it's been nice because you reach the final'

Winners! Holly asked Giovanni what it was like to win for the first time after seven years and he said: ‘All the time, it’s been nice because you reach the final’

Reaching out: She revealed she has spoken to Labour MP Rosie Cooper (pictured in 2006) about opening the debate in Parliament

Reaching out: She revealed she has spoken to Labour MP Rosie Cooper (pictured in 2006) about opening the debate in Parliament 

Phillip asked if they will do the iconic Couples’ Choice dance where they danced in silence. Rose said: ‘Yeah, I think it would be weird for us not to do it.’

Giovanni said: ‘It was such a special moment. It’s such an important dance, it’s a statement. So doing it in an arena with 10,000 people live and to stop the music there would be quite spectacular…

‘It’s one of the most beautiful things we’ve done on Strictly, so we both want to do it so much.’ Rose joked, ‘I hope no one will eat crisps by the side!’

Speaking about winning the show, Rose said: ‘I was speechless…

An honour: The duo have formed a firm friendship since appearing on the show

An honour: The duo have formed a firm friendship since appearing on the show 

‘When it actually happened, you sort of imagine what you would say and what you would feel like, but when it happened I didn’t know what to say, I was so speechless, I couldn’t even breathe!’

Holly asked Giovanni what it was like to win for the first time after seven years and he said: ‘All the time, it’s been nice because you reach the final…

‘But winning has always been my dream. The whole experience, the whole journey has been phenomenal. That was the cherry on the cake.’ 

Phillip asked Giovanni if he slept in the bed with his glitter ball trophy and Giovanni revealed: ‘Yes, oh my God yes, I was reaching for it for seven years and in the end, when I got it, I put it on my pillow and was like, ‘Hi!’ 

Tribute: Speaking about winning the show, Rose said: 'I was speechless'

Tribute: Speaking about winning the show, Rose said: ‘I was speechless’



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