creating a world where negative perceptions of Down’s Syndrome are a thing of the past.

What we Do

The ways we go about changing outdated perceptions of Down's Syndrome.

Attitude Changing Media Projects

In a continuation of the success of our first two viral video projects – “50 Mums” and “Three Lions World Cup Song” – which have amassed views in the hundreds of millions, featured on national television and were newsworthy in over 30 countries, we strive to continue to develop similar initiatives going forward. The common link with these projects is that they seek to engage a mainstream audience in a way that challenges and shifts their outdated perceptions of individuals with Downs Syndrome.

Positive Stories for New Parents

A particular group in need of a balanced perspective on life with Downs Syndrome in 2018 are those who have recently received a diagnosis for their child – pre or post natally. Medical professionals often provide their information in the form of medical statistics and “risks” which only presents the “cons” of life with a child with Downs Syndrome. Yet over 93 percent of families report being happier for having the condition in their lives. The “pros” are much more difficult to capture as a bunch of bullet points. We seek to capture them for new parents in the form of parent stories that they can read, enjoy and be inspired to understand the positive experience that life with Downs Syndrome can be.

Learning Disability Inclusion Talks for Organisations

We have presented our positive, inspiring and informative message to groups from a range of organisations to help them to understand what the reality of Downs Syndrome is in 2018 and how it can benefit them or their organisation. We have presented to conferences for medical professionals, local authority employers and more to accelerate their understanding up to present day.

Blogs and Articles for Print and online Media

We are all parents of children with Downs Syndrome who together can have a voice to influence mainstream opinion. We often do this by publishing written articles via popular blog sites and the national press. All of our pieces are also published on this website.

Media Appearances

We can provide speakers to be advocates for the Down’s Syndrome community for debates or discussions on television or radio in relation to life with Down’s Syndrome from a parent’s perspective and give guidance on the community’s attitude to screening and other contentious issues.

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The #WCAT Story

How it all began.

It all started with a little video, created for World Down Syndrome Day 2018, that took social media by storm. The video was called 50 Mums | 50 Kids | 1 Extra Chromosome. It became one of the most popular not-for-profit viral videos of all time, racking up around 145 million views in only a few months and popularised the hashtag: #wouldntchangeathing. It made such a positive impact on modernising mainstream perceptions of the condition that a bunch of people involved in that initial project decided to set up this organisation to continue the mission. It has now grown to include a multi-skilled, passionate group of people from all over the world. We are trying to achieve a world where negative outdated perceptions of Down’s Syndrome are a thing of the past. We do this by creating and promoting projects designed to directly challenge outdated perceptions. Our projects are designed to be uplifting, emotive and positive; offering insights into how enjoyable life for all those associated with the condition can be. Our intent is to leave those who view our work feeling challenged and changed making them more willing to accept those with Down’s Syndrome and to consider them as valid members of society, as schoolmates, as work colleagues or as employees.

WHO WE ARE

Meet the team behind Wouldn't Change a Thing

Stacey Byrne

#WCAT Charity CEO
Wife & mother to 4 children, Stacey is the founder of the #WCAT Charity and pioneer of the Parent Stories initiative. Since 2013, she has been involved in numerous positive awareness campaigns and projects.

Jacqui Hicklin

#WCAT Charity Chief Financial Officer
Mum of 2 Jacqui is the financial brain behind #WCAT. She’s been involved in a number of awareness campaigns both in front & behind the camera. She’s recently completed her 1st marathon in aid of the charity.

Becky Carless

#WCAT Director and Charity Trustee
Becky was the creator of the 50 Mums concept and is generally considered to be at blame for everything that happened since! She is a Founder Trustee of Wouldn’t Change a Thing and the Founder of Archie’s Smile Charity.

Tania Charlton

#WCAT Director and Charity Trustee
Tania has been actively involved in positive ds awareness and fundraising for the last 5 years through a large Cotswolds Down Syndrome support group. Most recently Tania has set up WCAT online support groups and is part of the social media team for the charity.

Jamie McCallum

#WCAT Chairman and Charity Trustee
Jamie has written numerous Down Syndrome advocacy articles for the national press, has appeared on national Radio, delivers inclusion talks to professional organisations and was the creator of the 50 Mums viral video that kick started the #wcat movement.

The #WCAT Advocate Army

A growing army of around 300 parents from around the world devoted to the cause

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