Strictly Come Dancing winner Rose Ayling-Ellis has stressed the importance of British sign language being registered as an official language, explaining how it can have a significant impact on Deaf people when they visit their doctor.
Just a few weeks ago, Rose became the first ever Deaf winner of the BBC series, soaring to victory with her partner Giovanni Pernice.
Throughout the competition, they celebrated the Deaf community in various ways, from incorporating sign language into their choreography to wowing people across the nation with their Couple’s Choice performance, which included a section where they danced in complete silence.
On Tuesday’s edition of This Morning, Rose and Giovanni joined Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in the ITV studio, where they spoke out about how they feel about their victory and their plans for the 2022 live Strictly tour.
At one point, Phillip said to Rose: ‘You want to see British sign language registered as an official language in England throughout the whole of the UK, it is in Scotland,’ as Holly remarked: ‘I can’t believe it’s not.’
‘It’s been recognised as a language, but it’s not been official as a language. That becomes such a big problem,’ Rose explained.
The EastEnders actor continued: ‘For example, I have heard so many stories – and it’s still happening now – some Deaf people go to a doctor’s appointment and they ask for an interpreter and then they don’t provide them an interpreter. So they end up using their child to translate or using their family member, and that shouldn’t be done.’
However, because British sign language isn’t recognised as an official language, ‘we can’t do anything about it’, she said.
‘So if we could change that and make it an official language, we could get so much protection,’ she stated.
When asked by Phillip if she’s in conversation with MPs about the issue with the hopes of it being debated, Rose said that Rosie Cooper, the Labour MP for West Lancashire, is going through the stages of having the issue debated.
The 27-year-old said that she believes Ms Cooper has a Deaf parent, and has already taken the topic ‘past the first stage’.
The second stage of the bill will come at the end of January, and ‘if it goes through and gets to the third stage, then it will become an official language’, Rose said.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.