What we Do
October Awareness Campaign
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link with these projects is that they seek to engage a mainstream audience in a way that challenges and shifts their outdated perceptions of individuals with Down syndrome.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
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[…]
Thanks to Caleb’s mum Karen for sharing this piece about independence with us today. For more, check out Caleb’s Crew on Facebook, where you can also join in with ‘Cooking with Caleb’ every Friday to expand your culinary repertoire! When most of us were younger, we dreamed of independence. Having a job, finding love, having Read more about Independence[…]
A few weeks ago, the lovely Nikki, who runs the social media account Makaton with Lucinda had a chat with us about how important Makaton has been in helping her family communicate and gave us some tips for anyone wanting to start learning Makaton. Thanks Nikki for chatting to us, check out @MakatonwithLucinda on social Read more about Q & A with Makaton with Lucinda[…]
This week we hear from Sam, who tells us about what’s important to him. Sam is part of the Sign Along with Us choir who were David Walliams’ Golden Buzzer act on Britain’s Got Talent earlier in the year – take a look out for him in the semi-finals! Thanks for chatting to us Sam. Read more about Q & A with…Sam Harvey[…]
As many grandparents are finally getting the chance to reunite with their grandchildren, today we hear from Kush’s grandparents, Rita and Vijay. Kush is 6 years old, he loves music, reading and horse rides every week. He’s a bundle of fun and makes his family laugh everyday. He’s doing really well at mainstream school and Read more about To Know Him Is To Love Him[…]
This week’s blog is written by Sharon Genua who tells us about her son, Nino. Thanks Sharon, for sharing with us. Nino was born on 12.9.98 He was diagnosed with Down Syndrome aged 6 months. The Consultant said “He’ll never get a proper job” as he told us about the Down Syndrome. It was a Read more about My Son, My Hero[…]
This week, Pippa’s mum Samm Gee tells us about their positive experience with Girl Guiding. Thanks Samm for sharing with us! Several years ago, Pippa became a Brownie (you know, like a Girl Scout). Jemima, her sister, is a Brownie too and I thought it would be nice for them to go together. The reasons Read more about Our Experience of…Girl Guiding[…]