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link with these projects is that they seek to engage a mainstream audience in a way that challenges and shifts their outdated perceptions of individuals with Down syndrome.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
The final blog of Down syndrome awareness month this year is written by Julia, mum to Lisa and Gran to Luke. “Funnily enough before Lisa was born I was pressurised into having an amnio by my doctor, however we refused because we thought that we would have the baby regardless (Lisa)… I was 44 so Read more about The future is yours for the taking[…]
Michael Beynon recently became the first Welsh person with Down syndrome to complete the London marathon, and in doing so raised over £3000 for Mencap. When he was a child his mother, Erika, was warned by doctors that due to a muscle condition Michael was likely to spend a lot of his life using a Read more about Q&A with Michael Beynon[…]
We recently had a chat with Kyle Reid, coach of amateur football team Glenvale FC (2004s) based in Paisley, Scotland. Kyle is a great friend of WCAT members Stacey Corrigan and her son, Daniel and the team have been huge supporters of WCAT since 2018, choosing us as their charity to sponsor. Thanks to Kyle Read more about Q&A with Kyle Reid, Glenvale FC (2004s)[…]
This week on the blog, we meet Katherine, 32 and Sam, 35 who live together in Milton Keynes. Sam works for XPO logistics packing orders and Katherine works as a salon assistant in a hairdressers and an office assistant at a charity. Sam and Katherine got married in May 2018, they tell us about their Read more about Q&A with Sam and Katherine[…]
Jamie McCallum Having a child with Down Syndrome has its challenges at times. I doubt that I’d be sticking my neck out too much by suggesting that all of us parents have wished the Down Syndrome away at one time or another. Then I imagine that I really and truly could do that. What if? Read more about Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Why We Wouldn’t Change A Thing[…]
This weeks blog was written for us by Brody’s mum, Hannah. Gorgeous Brody was born prematurely in May this year, Hannah tells us about her prenatal diagnosis and birth story. We found out Brody was 95% likely to have Down syndrome when we were 17 weeks pregnant through NIPT testing after a high result in Read more about My Boy Brody[…]
This weeks blog comes from Tania Newton, Jacob’s mum. She tells us about some of the challenges they have had with sensory processing issues and how they are overcoming them. Thanks to Tania for sharing with us, if you’d like to see more of Jacob’s Journey check out Tania and Jacob’s Instagram @jacobsjourney2017. Before becoming Read more about Jacob’s Journey: Sensory needs[…]
Hayley Balozi To my son on your first day of school. There are some important things I want to remind you of as you start this big journey. 1.You have as much right to be in school as anybody else. You have as much right to an education as any other child. You are different, Read more about First day of school[…]
This week marks back to school and nursery for many of our kids and as much as we may breathe a sigh of relief for a moment of quiet for us and return to some structure and routine for them, many of us will also have reservations about how they will cope with it all Read more about Back to Nursery[…]
This week we have a blog written by Sharon Crowley, who runs the T21 Hub website. Thanks to Sharon for sharing this with us. My blogging journey is all about educating people about Down Syndrome and I thought one effective way of doing this was to create a simple A-Z to parents from parents who Read more about The A-Z of Words that Parents Associate with a child with Down Syndrome[…]