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link with these projects is that they seek to engage a mainstream audience in a way that challenges and shifts their outdated perceptions of individuals with Down syndrome.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
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[…]
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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[…]
Written by David’s mum, Sarah. For the birth of my third child I decided very early in the pregnancy that I didn’t want to give birth in a hospital again. I hadn’t been very satisfied about how I was treated during the births of my daughters so I looked for different possibilities. I found a Read more about Stories about David[…]
Christopher and Ffion met in August 2018 at the Hijinx Drama Academy. Ffion had been there some time but it was Christopher’s first day and he seemed to fit right in from the start. Chris got on well with everyone and although he was looking for and hoping for a girlfriend he didn’t want to Read more about Love through lockdown and beyond[…]
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 Becky about Read more about A sibling story.[…]
My name is Pat and I am nanny to Bertie and mother to Melissa, Bertie’s mommy. My journey with Bertie started when Melissa, a single mother in her 40’s found out she was pregnant. This concerned me, at 40 plus there is always that possibility your baby could be born with health problems. Melissa’s first Read more about I see a future full of happiness[…]
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[…]