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A Young Frenchwoman With Down's Syndrome Has Fulfilled Her Dream
She presents the weather on television after a Facebook campaign that was supported by more than a quarter of million people (CCSS Level: Grade 7, Words: 232)
Mar 15, 2017 Culture & Entertainment
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Melanie Segard, 21, presented part of the forecast on the national public channel France 2 on Tuesday night (local time). After the campaign "Melanie peut le faire", or Melanie can do it, was set up by a French charity started trying to get widespread support behind her dream.

"I am different, but I'd like to show everyone that I can do a lot of things," she said. The Facebook page for the campaign attracted likes from more than 238,000 people.

She received four days of training from France 2's weather team, including tips on presenting in front of the green wall where the graphics are digitally projected.

"It's work! But it's okay," she told Le Parisien, in regard to her time at France 2.

"My dream was to show people the weather, and this can open doors to other people with disabilities."

"Melanie cannot read or write. The goal is to make her feel integrated." Nathalie Drihouet, head of the weather service of France Televisions, told the French newspaper Le Parisien (in French).

Her story has been covered extensively on French media and shared widely on social media. Now another French network, BFMTV, has also come forward with an offer of allowing her to present their weather forecast.

The charity behind the push, Unapei, is dedicated to helping people with disabilities become better integrated and included in the everyday functioning of society.

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help


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