PARIS -- A Frenchwoman with Down's Syndrome will realise a "dream" by presenting the prime time weather bulletin on French television next week, an advocacy group for the disabled said today.
Melanie Segard, 21, will begin training for the broadcast on 14 March at the studios of public television station France 2, UNAPEI said in a statement.
Segard has scored more than 200,000 "likes" on Facebook in less than two weeks since the association launched a public awareness campaign for Down's Syndrome titled "Melanie Can Do It".
"Hi everyone, my name is Melanie and my dream is to present the weather," she says in the post.
"Seeing the public rally spontaneously around Melanie gives hope to thousands of people with disabilities who are still too often invisible," the statement by UNAPEI said.
Down's Syndrome is a genetic condition with no known cure that typically affects a person's physical and intellectual growth.
It affects approximately one in 1,000 people, according to the World Health Organization.
Also known as trisomy 21, the condition is caused by the presence of an extra, or third, copy of chromosome number 21.
"Melanie is our ambassador," UNAPEI president Luc Gateau told French radio. "We have just proved that a person with a handicap can realise her dream," he said, adding: "Society needs this.
"I am different, but I would like to show everyone that I can do plenty of things," the Telegraph quoted her saying.
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