Staff, members of the Management Committee and volunteers at Deaf-initely Women are cheering on the actress, Rose Aisling-Ellis, to win Strictly Come Dancing, 2021.

As the only UK’s organisation for deaf women, Deaf-initely Women was set up in 2015 to bring together all women with hearing loss including hard of hearing women across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire from 18+ to connect with each and learn from each other. They are not letting their deafness or their deafblindness stand in their way to achieve their goals.

Teresa Waldron, Managing Director of Deaf-initely Women is deafblind herself said: “We are so pleased to see the BBC casting more deaf people in prominent roles, positively portraying that we can do anything. Sometimes we may need support from other people such as sign language interpreters.”

Sarah Tupling, Chair of Deaf-initely Women’s Management Committee who is a British Sign Language user agreed: “It is good to see such diversity on Strictly Come Dancing. I do hope Rose and Giovanni wins!”

“To see a deaf woman competing is seen as a  ‘Can-do’ attitude – can take on careers that many years ago were denied to us. Its great to see them becoming athletes, actors, accountants and so on” said Corvette Silo who is also a Management Committee member and she herself is deaf BSL user running her own social care business in providing social care, Kingswell, in Derby and surrounding areas.

Since Deaf-initely Women was set up, Deaf-initely Women supported hundreds of women with hearing loss, it has contracted and employed over a hundred deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing women.