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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Signing duo from Twickenham launches campaign to produce music for teenagers with additional needs

Today is World Down Syndrome Day.

Now, ‘Singing Hands’ from Twickenham, who regularly engage legions of 0-11 year olds with their catchy songs, have launched a campaign to crowdfund a unique album and video of pop songs to reach out to teenagers and young adults.

5% of the money raised for the album will be donated to the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Suzanne Miell-Ingram and Tracy Upton formed Singing Hands in 2003 having seen the positive impact that singing and signing had in enabling the communication skills of their children Miles and Ella, who both have additional needs.

Their aim was to be able to use music as a vehicle to teach Makaton sign language to support children’s communication development.

Now Miles and Ella are in their late teens, Suzanne and Tracy have become aware that there is no music that is being produced to appeal to teenagers and young adults with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), and are aiming to fill that gap.

Tracy said “My own son Miles is now a young man and I am all too aware that due to his learning disability he is often still drawn to ‘nursery rhyme’ style music, traditionally aimed at young children. We want to give young people in this situation the opportunity to be able to access age-appropriate material and enjoy good quality pop music which they can learn to sign along to via an accompanying music video.

Having seen the difference this makes to the lives of children, we are very much hoping that supporters will get behind our campaign and help SEND teenagers and young adults to develop their relationship with music and communication.”

The album and campaign is being produced James Hawkins Music in Kingston which specialises in ‘music with purpose’.

Its most recent project was a cover version of ‘The Living Years’ by the London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm  

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