"3575 people signed a petition calling on the ex Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to give Justin an OBE. The petition states: Justin Fletcher is a communication genius. He both entertains and educates our children and does this with intelligence and panache without patronising. Programmes like Something Special can only help bridge the gap that sometimes sadly appears between able and not so able bodied people in our society and help banish the unkindness that disabled people sometimes face due to ignorance. The public were asked to vote on the Prime Minister's website, and the petition deadline passed on September 30, 2007. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to "children's broadcasting and the voluntary sector".
fartmeistergeneral I guess you don't have a disabled child then?
An awful lot of parents of disabled children have actually learnt Makaton, the signing Justin uses, from watching "Something Special". Thus enabling communication with their child in a way that would be extremely difficult otherwise. I am one of those parents. My daughter only uttered her first word when she was 4 1/2!
Waiting lists for Makaton classes can be long, and often at difficult times of the day, I was told about "Something Special" by a professional person connected to my daughter's development team. I don't fancy Justin in the least, but I am extremely grateful for his work on CBeebies, and the work he does for disabled children.
I am very glad to say I signed that petition!
I hope one day that Justin will do a spoof of "Something Special"... can you imagine it? "Look! Norks. You sign norks" ect! And Mr Fumble!