Language Creates Reality
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Language Creates Reality | by Rebecca Hulbert, creator of the ‘Language Creates Reality’ campaign and host of ‘Arthur’s Club
In this week’s edition, CENMAC have invited guest blogger Rebecca Hulbert (creator of the ‘Language Creates Reality’ campaign and host of ‘Arthur’s Club’) to introduce both projects. As our visions regarding inclusion are so closely aligned, the team are delighted to endorse and share both initiatives with our professional contacts and wider CENMAC community.
After ‘Language Creates Reality’ was launched it was soon featured on BBC Breakfast TV where it became the 2nd most watched story across the world. This led to the Prime Minister awarding a Points of Light award to the campaign for ‘shaping the conversation around Down Syndrome and making sure that people understand the power of their words.’
Language Creates Reality and Arthur’s Club
The last three months have taken me on an unpredicted and remarkable journey.
Sitting on my sofa in Lockdown One, I decided to create the campaign ‘Language Creates Reality’. It is formed of a series of 11 social media cards to help people use the correct language when talking about Down syndrome. Lockdown made me realise the impact that positive and correct language surrounding Down syndrome has on us as a family throughout our daily life.
After ‘Language Creates Reality’ was launched it was soon featured on BBC Breakfast TV where it became the 2nd most watched story across the world. This led to the Prime Minister awarding a Points of Light award to the campaign for ‘shaping the conversation around Down Syndrome and making sure that people understand the power of their words.’ ITV then covered the campaign, and this led to it being translated into 8 different languages for it to be used globally – and all this in 3 months from my ‘headquarters’ also known as my sofa.
All the cards are free to download and share at: www.languagecreatesreality.com
It is only through sharing the campaign that the great opportunity for positive change exists. So, thank you to all the people who will read this and go on to share it. Together we have the power to make a positive difference because positive inclusion for all in our society is not only crucial, it benefits everyone.
‘Arthur’s Club’ which was also a Lockdown creation
With another hat on – I would like to share with you our YouTube channel, ‘Arthur’s Club’ which was also a Lockdown creation, (alongside whitewashing every external wall in sight in line with the rest of the nation)!
We started learning Makaton for our son Arthur, and looking for creative ideas whilst in Lockdown, we looked inwards at the skills we had between us. I am a professional actor, my partner a photographer and filmmaker, and our son loves a storybook, so we thought we would use our combined skills to create Arthur’s Club: www.youtube.com/arthursclub
Arthur’s Club is for EVERYONE. It is a YouTube channel that entertains while encouraging communication skills. We use Makaton to tell children’s stories as well as employing all our creative and theatrical storytelling skills!
We try and release a new story every month, but sometimes being new parents means that the month may turn into 6 weeks – however if you subscribe to our channel, you will get a notification for each new tale we release, we look forward to sharing our stories with you.
Many thanks to Rebecca. The CENMAC team hope you have enjoyed this feature and would encourage our wider community to endorse the campaign, tag CENMAC and share any examples of students accessing Arthur’s Club via social media.
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