Manchester Evening News
2nd February 2019
Teen’s fight to get basic sign language taught in schools so children like her brother don’t feel left out
“I want a world where my brother and others are not socially restricted or isolated.”
Jade Kilduff and her little brother share an incredible bond – and there is nothing more important to her than being able to communicate with him.
Three-year-old Christian suffers from cerebral palsy. He is also visually impaired.
In order to speak to Jade and the rest of his family, Christian uses Makaton – a form of sign language for children which is used across the globe.
But not everyone knows how to sign, and it breaks Jade’s heart to see her little brother feeling left out or isolated because people don’t know how to speak to him.
About a month ago, the 17-year-old student from Heywood set up an online sign language channel called Sign Along With Us.
Each day, Jade and Christian teach their followers a new key word, such as dog, snow, and bicycle.
In just a few weeks, their Facebook page has attracted almost 7,000 likes, with even more followers on Youtube and Twitter.