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link with these projects is that they seek to engage a mainstream audience in a way that challenges and shifts their outdated perceptions of individuals with Down syndrome.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
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[…]
Samm Gee Pippa started riding just before she was three years old, at our local RDA centre. Pippa’s Grandma had been a jockey in her youth as well as a riding instructor, but she hadn’t ridden for many years and was sadly terminally ill. Through her doctor we arranged for her to have a session Read more about Pippa’s Riding[…]
Liz Arriens Between January and March this year we got our routine back of Coraline going to preschool. It felt lovely. It was easy for me to walk Coraline there in her pram and drop her off and pick her up each day of the week. Coraline was so content and happy there. Then Small Read more about Ways we’ve grown this month: Letting go.[…]
This Father’s Day we share a blog written for us by Bertie’s dad, Richard about their relationship. Well where do I start? It’s been an emotional rollercoaster that couldn’t have had a happier ending. I’m Richard, Bertie’s Dad and I would love to share my relationship as his Dad with you and how it has Read more about A Dad’s perspective[…]
Wendy Puckrin NOUN A man, woman, or child of the species “Homo sapiens”, distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance. Personally, I believe there are many more qualities than this that make up the complex definition of a human being. Empathy, emotion, self-awareness to name but a Read more about What is a human being?[…]
Becca & Addison Bortnick You know that moment when know you’re exactly where you want to be and the deep joy you feel inside? Well for Addison those moments are standing alongside her cheer squad, cheering her heart out. For Addison being a cheerleader is EVERYTHING! At the young age of 3 Addison’s face would Read more about Little girls with dreams become women with vision[…]
Kirsty MacCuish Please ask questions. Down syndrome is not a taboo subject. Amelia having Down syndrome is not a taboo subject. Her behaviours are not a taboo subject. Her speech is not a taboo subject. Obviously the fact that Amelia has Down syndrome is well known, but lately I feel like everything that comes along Read more about An open letter to friends and family[…]
Did I ever think I’d be overwhelmingly proud of Jordan Grace when I was told of her diagnosis? I’m ashamed to say no. I imagined that we would hide from the world. The way the doctor delivered the news made me feel like our only choice was termination. He didn’t value her life and we Read more about We love her with our entire being[…]