'The Secret Sign' by Enhance the UK

by jennie in Brighton

We did it
On 27th October 2015 we successfully raised £255 with 12 supporters in 56 days

A fun and interactive picture book engaging young children with disabled characters while educating them about the culture of disability.

by jennie in Brighton

 

Project aim

A fun and interactive picture book engaging young children with disabled characters while educating them about the culture of disability.

About the project

Enhance the UK is a disability charity, running since 2009, committed to helping physically disabled and sensory impaired people live rich, full lives in all areas. A lot of the charities income comes from delivering disability awareness training in schools, as we believe children are invaluable in creating a fair and tolerant society for our future.

This is where 'The Secret Sign' comes in. 

We wanted to create a fun, informative and thought provoking book for children as an extension of our training. We didn't want it to be just 'a good book about disability,' but 'a good book, period.'

The story follows twin brothers Seth and Sammy - Seth is deaf, while Sammy is hearing - their friendship and how British Sign Language (BSL) affects their lives. 

Children will learn basic BSL signs ('Hello,' 'Goodbye' and the alphabet) and how we are all subtly the same yet different - without it being boring! We hope to normalise disability for children at an early age so they are not fearful of it and allow disabled children to see characters positivey represent them.

We found a pronounced gap in the market for books of this kind while embarking on research and we are hoping to expand as a series featuring a wide representation of impairments and disabilities. 

Our book is fully written and while the illustrations are nearly just being perfected. We just need the money from you kind people at Crowdfunder to print 300 copies of the book which we will be able to distribute to schools and libraries as well as make it available wholesale, and most importantly represent disabled children in literature.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Backers of £5 and up will receive a PDF version of the book and a personal thank you email.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Backers of £10 and up will receive the above and a physical copy of the book.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Very generous backers of £25 and up will receive the above PLUS an audio file recording of the book by the author.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Extremely generous backers of £50 and up will receive ALL of the above and their name in the 'Thank You' portion of the book.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Incredibly lovely backers of £100 and up will have all of the above to claim as their own, 2 copies of the book with personalised messages plus 2 copies donated to a school or library of their choice.


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