What we Do
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link with these projects is that they seek to engage a mainstream audience in a way that challenges and shifts their outdated perceptions of individuals with Down syndrome.
Positive Stories for New Parents
A particular group in need of a balanced perspective on life with Down syndrome today 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 Down 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 Down 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 Down syndrome is in current day 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 Down 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.
We can provide speakers to be advocates for the Down syndrome community for debates or discussions on television or radio in relation to life with Down syndrome from a parent’s perspective.
The #WCAT Story
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 in excess of 500 million views to date 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 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 syndrome and to consider them as valid members of society, as schoolmates, as work colleagues or as employees.
WHO WE ARE
The #WCAT Advocate Army
This week we hear from Sam, who tells us about what’s important to him. Sam is part of the Sign Along with Us choir who were David Walliams’ Golden Buzzer act on Britain’s Got Talent earlier in the year – take a look out for him in the semi-finals! Thanks for chatting to us Sam. Read more about Q & A with…Sam Harvey[…]
As many grandparents are finally getting the chance to reunite with their grandchildren, today we hear from Kush’s grandparents, Rita and Vijay. Kush is 6 years old, he loves music, reading and horse rides every week. He’s a bundle of fun and makes his family laugh everyday. He’s doing really well at mainstream school and Read more about To Know Him Is To Love Him[…]
This week’s blog is written by Sharon Genua who tells us about her son, Nino. Thanks Sharon, for sharing with us. Nino was born on 12.9.98 He was diagnosed with Down Syndrome aged 6 months. The Consultant said “He’ll never get a proper job” as he told us about the Down Syndrome. It was a Read more about My Son, My Hero[…]
This week, Pippa’s mum Samm Gee tells us about their positive experience with Girl Guiding. Thanks Samm for sharing with us! Several years ago, Pippa became a Brownie (you know, like a Girl Scout). Jemima, her sister, is a Brownie too and I thought it would be nice for them to go together. The reasons Read more about Our Experience of…Girl Guiding[…]
Today’s Q&A is with Isabella Evans, the 14 year old behind the social media account Isabella Signs, which promotes the use of Makaton signing. Her ‘sign of the day’ videos and sign along song covers are hugely popular and great resources for those of us with little ones trying to pick up signing. Here at Read more about Q&A with Isabella Signs[…]
This week’s blog was originally written by Erin McCallum, 13, as a personal writing English essay under the topic “Something that has had an impact on you.” Erin is cousin to Rosie Bud McCallum, who features in the Wouldn’t Change a Thing book for new parents. Erin is currently in second year at Prestwick Academy Read more about I Met. I Saw. I Loved.[…]
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, step-dads, grandads and soon to be dads out there. We are aware that sometimes support for new parents can feel very mum focused, so to celebrate Father’s Day this year, we asked the WCAT dads what advice they would like to give to a new dad, here’s what Read more about Dear New Dad[…]
Today we hear from one of our WCAT 2020 ambassadors, Claire-May Minett. She tells us about the importance of community, kindness and what being an adult with Mosaic Down Syndrome in today’s world means to her. Thanks Claire-May for sharing your story with us. For those who don’t know my name is Claire-May Minett. I Read more about My Voice…Claire-May Minett[…]
This week Emily shares her story about her little brother, Evan and how he has changed her life and influenced her career choice. Thanks Emily, for sharing your story with us. I’m Emily, I’m 29 and the little monkey in the picture with me is my little brother Evan who is 6 (yes there is Read more about A Sibling’s Perspective[…]
We recently had a chat with David Stanley, the man behind The Music Man Project, providing accessible musical opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities. In lockdown, the service has had to adapt, launching online lessons, Facebook sing-alongs, music videos and rehearsal material under the banner #MMPwired. Check out their website or social media Read more about Q&A with David Stanley, The Music Man Project[…]