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link with these projects is that they seek to engage a mainstream audience in a way that challenges and shifts their outdated perceptions of individuals with Down syndrome.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
Liz Arriens I am currently reading a book by Glenn and Janet Doman called, ‘How smart is your baby?’. They are known for their work in child development, especially for children with special educational needs. In the book they say, ‘all sounds are language’. I had to read the line again. It really struck me. Read more about Ways we have grown this month: in how we see communication[…]
This week Chloe’s mum Joanne tells us about Dramatize Tea Room – which is opening in May (and already taking bookings!) A project in Shepperton which is giving young adults with learning disabilities an opportunity to learn practical skills for employment – we look forward to lending our support and popping in for some cake! Read more about Dramatize Tea Room[…]
As part of our campaign for World Down Syndrome Day 2021 we have released an e-book, full of stories from real families. The book includes many different family members and people with Down syndrome sharing how they feel about their family. This week we wanted to share with you a piece written by Hannah, sister Read more about Love is not a burden[…]
Happy World Down Syndrome Day! Today some of our WCAT families let us know what their family member with Down syndrome means to them. I didn’t want a baby with Down syndrome, until I had Connie and realised she was everything we never realised we needed in our lives. Julie Seabourne Not only did Chloe Read more about WDSD 2021: We Are Family[…]
This year our WDSD celebration looks at sibling relationships. ‘How will this affect my other children?’ is a question commonly asked by parents who have received a new diagnosis of Down syndrome for their child. Hoping to help answer that question we asked some of our Wouldn’t Change A Thing families what having a sibling Read more about Dear Future Sibling[…]
Thanks to Lorna Morris for this week’s blog about her daughter Nyla. Our pregnancy was greatly anticipated and we were overjoyed to hear we were expecting. Following our 12 week scan we got the gut wrenching phone call from a screening midwife saying our “risk” of one of 3 chromosome abnormalities (t13, t18 or t21) Read more about Nyla has made our family complete[…]
This week we found out a bit more about one of our WCAT ambassadors, Summer, who recently celebrated her 6th birthday. Thanks to mum Leanne for chatting to us. Tell us a bit about Summer… Summer has just turned 6 and is the most amazing little girl, she has an inner light that radiates so Read more about Ambassador Q&A: Summer[…]
Vikki Rooney When I was little my best friend was called Pippi. Pippi has Down syndrome, she’s now 34 and I still see her. My mum always tells me how I always said to her “When I grow older I would love to have a baby with Down syndrome”. Fast forwards 20 years, it was Read more about The day I won the lotto[…]
This week, our thanks go to Danielle’s mum, Christina Garland, who shares some of their experiences over the past 30 years. Danielle, we truly hope you get to celebrate your upcoming 30th in style! On Sunday 21st April 1991, at 5.40 am, I gave birth to our beautiful daughter and second child Danielle. She was Read more about Danielle[…]
Liz Arriens I was listening to a podcast interview recently with Nims Purja, a Nepalese mountaineer, who set and accomplished amazing goals. He climbed 14 mountains in a significantly quicker time than has ever been done before. I wanted to share with you what he said that struck me. He said the little things matter. Read more about How we have grown this month: A matter of the little things[…]