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link with these projects is that they seek to engage a mainstream audience in a way that challenges and shifts their outdated perceptions of individuals with Down syndrome.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
September is NICU awareness month, today Emma Cater tells us about her daughter Ada-Grace, who spent 2 weeks in NICU after she was born. Beep…beep…beep You know, that probably doesn’t sound that menacing or a big deal to most. But if you’re a NICU mama, if you’ve had the experience of your precious bundle of Read more about Beep…beep…beep[…]
September is both sepsis awareness month and childhood cancer awareness month, today Donna Self tells us about her son Andrew, who developed sepsis whilst on chemotherapy for leukaemia. When Andrew was two years old he was diagnosed with a myelodysplastic syndrome which had the possibility to evolve into Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Unfortunately this is what Read more about Andrew[…]
This week on the blog, Caroline Gannon pays tribute to her brother, Johnny, who sadly passed away earlier this year due to Covid. Thank you so much to Caroline for sharing this with us. Johnny was born in 1966 to my 16 year old mum. She fell in love with him straight away and went Read more about My Brother, Johnny[…]
Congratulations to Oliver, who has recently become a big brother to baby George! Mum Corinne tells us how he’s taken to it. For 2 and a half years Oliver was our only child. When we found out we were pregnant with George I was scared of how Oliver would react to being a big brother, Read more about Becoming a big brother[…]
Then you were 4, and next week you start primary school. When you were born it was one of those milestones that I thought might look so different. Something I thought we might ‘miss out on’. But we’ve got your uniform. We went to get the school shoes (you picked them yourself). We’ve been to Read more about Starting School[…]
WCAT ambassador Ivan and his mum Simone tell us a bit about what he’s been up to this summer. Ivan went away for the evening with a charity called Project 21, he doesn’t stay away very often and went with new bunch of friends. He also tried some of the activities there so he’s done Read more about Ivan’s summer[…]
Donna Layne tells us about her son, Darrion and one of his recent achievements, learning to brush his teeth independently, nice one Darrion! We found out that Darrion had Down syndrome postnatally. Shocked as you can imagine, I (mum) cried for a week and went through what seemed like a grieving process. Within 24 hours Read more about He teaches me not to stress the little things[…]
Kirsty MacCuish I know (obviously) that Amelia has Down syndrome, and with that comes a learning disability. I know Noah, is what you call a ‘typical’ child. I knew at some point Noah would overtake Amelia in certain aspects of learning. I did not expect it to happen at 30 and 15 months. And I’m Read more about The tortoise and the hare[…]
Tina Carr When you hear the words respite or hospice it can be quite scary. Statements like ‘life threatening illness’, ‘not expected to reach adulthood’ and ‘end of life care’; all of these things make it completely understandable as to why some people may not want to engage with the service. But when you see Read more about What respite means to me[…]
On the 6th July, Heidi Crowter and Aidan (with mum Máire) are going to the High Court to challenge the law that allows termination to full term if a baby has a diagnosis of Down syndrome. Jamie McCallum, chairman of Wouldn’t Change A Thing and dad to Rosie who has Down syndrome tells us why Read more about THE BALANCING OF RIGHTS[…]