This book seeks to portray the true stories of positive, lived experience typical of the majority of real people with Down syndrome and their families. It is brought to you courtesy of #wouldntchangeathing – a parent-led organisation that exists to correct negative, outdated perceptions of the capabilities and quality of life of people with Down syndrome and their families in present day. The pages have been wonderfully arranged with thanks to Stephanie Rodden of Celebrate T21, Australia.
#wouldntchangeathing (or #wcat for short!) was sparked by the success of the fun World Down Syndrome Day project ‘50 Mums | 50 Kids | 1 Extra Chromosome’ which became an international phenomenon, making national news in over 30 countries. The thousands of messages that poured in describing real, tangible change in those who saw it demonstrated to us that changing the world might actually be possible in the hands of a small group of tenacious parents with effective use of digital tools.
The organisation was founded, and is still run today, by a group of trustees who are passionate about this mission. We now have hundreds of active members making their contribution. All parents. All who feared the future at one time. All now saying they #wouldntchangeathing. So from all of the trustee team, our 450 strong army of parent members and our partners from Celebrate T21, we hope that this book brings you as much joy to read as it brought us to create.“
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Each purchase of the books funds a book for a new family.