The BBC reported that Mélanie Ségard hosted a segment of the weather forecast on the national public channel France 2 Tuesday evening.
“This is it I did it, I'm finally a weather girl,” Ségard posted on her Facebook page alongside a video of the broadcast.
Over 5 million people tuned in as Mélanie Ségard, a 21-year-old woman with Down’s syndrome, presented the weather on French TV pic.twitter.com/1YZn9lTugO
— 5News (@5_News) March 16, 2017
"I'm different, but I'd like to show everyone that I can do a lot of things," she said.
According to Agence France-Presse, UNAPEI, a charity that helps people with disabilities, launched a social media campaign ahead of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, called "Melanie can do it" to help make her dream a reality. The effort got more than 200,000 "likes" on Facebook within 10 days.
France 2 saw the campaign and offered Ségard the chance to participate in a broadcast on their channel. France 2's weather team offered Ségard four days of training before her broadcast.
Agence France-Presse praised Ségard’s “flawless delivery” of the weather.
Ségard told the French outlet Le Parisien that broadcasting the weather is “work.”
“But it's OK,” she said. “My dream was to show people the weather. And this can open doors to other people with disabilities."
Time reported that Ségard is also scheduled to present the weather on the news channel BFMTV later this month.