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Singing Hands “signed” flashmob to raise awareness of MAKATON

A new campaign by singing duo Singing Hands to be able to produce accessible music resources targeted at teenagers with additional needs.

Singing Hands are Suzanne and Tracy – the UK’s most popular Makaton Singing and Signing Duo.

Their work was inspired by their children who have special needs.
Their music and videos reach millions of pre-school and primary aged children.

But teenagers and young adults who struggle to communicate are not being catered for.

So they are going to create an album and DVD of pop songs on the theme of friendship and happiness, that is accessible to teenagers with additional needs.

They have launched a pledge campaign to enable this to happen with five percent of funds raised being donated to the Down Syndrome Association.

Here’s an interview they recently did about it on London Live:

To help raise awareness of their campaign they are going to be staging a “signed” flashmob at a London mainline station this May/June and would love to invite your support group to take part and form part of a 100-strong ’signing’ choir.

When given the signal, the choir would sign a short excerpt from the song “True Colours” and have only the instrumental backing playing. It would be led by Singing Hands and hope to invite the passing commuters, who will recognise the song, to maybe sing along! Anyone can participate of any age and ability as long as under 18s are accompanied by an adult.

The evening would be broadcast live on the Singing Hands’ Facebook page and they also have interest from BBC London TV and PA to cover the event.

They are in discussions with Network Rail to pinpoint the most appropriate station, so at the time being are simply looking for expressions of interest rather than a firm commitment. If it would be of interest please email Clare Cook

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