Strictly Come Dancing: Deafness ‘not a barrier’ to the arts

The success of actor Rose Ayling-Ellis in this season’s Strictly Come Dancing is shining a spotlight on an “invisible disability”. Two teenagers are hoping to follow in her footsteps.

Strictly star Rose Ayling-Ellis is inspiring more deaf young people to pursue careers in the arts.

The EastEnders actor, 26, is the first deaf contestant in the show’s history.

Her popularity has also sparked a surge of interest in sign language courses.

And as she dances her way into the quarter finals, Ms Ayling-Ellis is showing young deaf people that “deafness is not a barrier”.

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