Makaton on TV
The Accessible Information Standard is a law which aims to make sure people with communication challenges are given information they can understand. It is vital that all media platforms cater for our Makaton Community of over 1 million people. The sense of inclusion when shows such as Strictly Come Dancing sign ‘thank you’ in recognition that Makaton Users are watching and voting, is truly remarkable.
With inclusion and diversity being high on broadcaster’s agenda, Makaton Core Users have increased opportunities to work on TV shows. It is crucial that when they are employed, Makaton is used within the show to ensure their contribution is understood and meaningful not only for the actor but for their colleagues and viewers.
We are proud to collaborate with the TV industry to promote industry excellence by delivering inclusion for our Makaton Users. We make sure that we uphold the integrity of the Makaton Language programme and move forward, leading the way for innovation and creativity within mainstream media channels.
Pride of Britain
Margaret Walker, founder of the Makaton Language Programme, won the Pride of Britain, Special Recognition Award for her dedication to and creation of Makaton.
The ceremony was held on 28th October 2019 and was broadcast on ITV on 5th November 2019.
See also: A brief history of Makaton , Margaret explains how Makaton was first developed
The One Show
The Makaton Charity helped The One Show surprise a young Makaton supporter .
Isabella is 14 and has a younger brother, Lucus, who uses Makaton. In the last two years Isabella has used social media platforms to help raise awareness of Makaton, by sharing videos of her signing along to popular songs.
The One Show saw Isabella's videos and asked The Makaton Charity to help celebrate all her hard work with a special surprise to say thank you.