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 It is brought to you courtesy of #wouldntchangeathing – a parent-led organisation that exists to correct negative, outdated perceptions of the capabilities and quality of life of people with Down syndrome and their families in present day.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.
Katie Hamilton (verified owner) –
I have a personal interest in this book as my daughter appears in it. I purchased several books as a gifts. I gave the midwife who delivered my daughter one as a gift and she was so thrilled to receive it as have the other recipients I gifted them to. I wish this book had been available when I received the pre natal diagnosis, it would have made a very worrying time less stressful. It’s a ray of sunshine when all you seem to be told is dark clouds.
Emma Tilley (verified owner) –
Amazing book, such beautiful stories, compositions. Brilliant positivity, from real families. I cannot recommend this enough for parents and families alike.
Louise Bucknall –
This book is beautifully put together in every way….the pictures, the text and the heartfelt reality of having a child with an extra chromosome. Its reality and a big hug in a book to let you know you are not alone and the amazing things you and your child are likely to live and love along the path of life….your amazing life journey.
Sarah Lawlor –
This book is great for new parents. Reading all the lovely stories celebrating achievements and positive experiences. Knowing that you’re not alone and helping ease those fears.
Hannah Williams –
What a fantastic book. I received one after having a newborn with Down syndrome. It is so reassuring that my little boy is not alone and can achieve his full potential. It is full of stories that celebrate children with Down syndrome. I always have it out on my coffee table for anybody that visits. I’m a teacher and once I’m off maternity I will be ordering an additional copy for our school.
Julie Thompson Hunter (verified owner) –
I wish this book was around when my wee man was born. It’s uplifting stories and celebration of life would have assured me in the early days and given me a positive outlook on my son’s future. He can do anything!