Inspirational mum's baby signing business success

 julie webWhen businesswoman Julie Ryder became deaf she turned her disability into ability and pioneered a baby signing business.

TalkFirst now has franchisees all over the country who run classes using the colourful Dexter jester character to help children learn to communicate before they develop language skills.

Catherine Smyth wrote a freelance article and took this photograph of Julie for the Big Issue In The North. The story is featured on page 5 of the New Year edition out on 27 January.