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 negative 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 perceptions of Down syndrome are a thing of the past. We do this by creating and promoting projects designed to directly challenge negative 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
Written by her parents Ruth and Adam We found out that Lucy had Down syndrome when we were 13-14 weeks pregnant. We were shocked and in emotional turmoil. Down syndrome hadn’t been in the ‘plan’. So when I got a call from an unknown nurse telling me our unborn child had an extra chromosome, our Read more about Lucy’s heart journey – a Christmas story[…]
Written by Rebecca Boke Neely At the Pride of Britain awards Becky Twigger and Jamie McCallum made powerful statements. “I still have that guilt of feeling sad, and I don’t want any other parent to feel that way.” “Everyone needs someone with Down syndrome in their life.” Having had someone with Down syndrome in my Read more about We are still only beginning to realise what a gift people with Down syndrome are to the world[…]
Maria Mackeigan writes our blog this week about her daughter, Jordan Grace. Find her at @321_blessed_mom Our diagnosis story isn’t the most positive one. I wish it was. The doctor pushed us to abort twice after telling us that our baby would never be able to dress or feed herself. He said she would be Read more about Jordan Grace[…]
by Hayley Newman at Downs Side Up Hayley Newman tells us why she and her daughter Mia self-published their book I Love You Natty and how the close relationship between the girls inspired this firm favourite with parents and children everywhere. See more from Hayley @downssideup on social media or on her blog Downs Side Read more about Special Sisters’ Bond Inspires ‘I Love You Natty’ Book[…]
Written by Jennifer Lynn Hey, It’s October 1st, 2020. It’s starting to feel like Autumn. It’s a Thursday and you are stuck in the house again because of Covid. It’s also ROCKtober, but you don’t really know what that means yet. Today is when your journey begins. The day you will remember for the rest Read more about Letter to myself – 1 year ago[…]
Liz Arriens Me: “I think Coraline’s bored.” My mum: “I don’t think she’s bored; I think you’re bored.” Me: “I feel like maybe she needs different books with musical buttons.” Mum: “I think she likes the buttons in the books she has. You know the main thing she likes is to be with you.” This Read more about Ways we have grown this month: There’s no rush[…]
Wouldn’t Change A Thing are proud to support the campaign by the National Down Syndrome Policy Group to introduce The Down Syndrome Bill. Together, we have the opportunity to effect real change for our community! Take a read about what they are trying to achieve and how you can help below. The Down Syndrome Bill Read more about The Down Syndrome Bill – a chance for positive change[…]
In honour of Jamie and Rebecca receiving a Pride of Britain award, we asked some of our WCAT family their memories of the 50 Mums video and what it meant to them. This is my Daughter Elodie, who has Down syndrome, 16p Duplication, Autism, ADHD and a Visual Impairment. She is non verbal and doesn’t Read more about Memories of 50 Mums[…]
Welcome to ‘A Day In The Life!
What is it like having someone in your life with Down syndrome? What is it like having Down syndrome?
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and this year Wouldn’t Change A Thing are running their ‘A Day in the Life’ campaign. Individuals with Down syndrome, their families and friends are sharing stories about what ‘a day in the life’ is like for them. By pulling back the curtain and letting people peek inside their Read more about Emma[…]