It had always been this young Frenchwoman’s dream is to present the weather – and because of more than 200,000 people, her wish was granted.
Segard had been preparing for her big segment consistently, accepting tips from the producers on the most proficient method to present in front of a green screen. Finally, on Tuesday, she knocked it out of the park.
Her objective, she says, was to indicate everybody that a person with handicaps was equipped for performing services that capable people could do – on national TV, no less.
Her achievement is credited to the production of a Facebook campaign titled “Mélane peut le faire” – or “Mélanie can do it” in English. Made by Unapei, a charity that helps people with disabilities, the page collected more than 225,000 likes in support of Mélanie’s goal.
Regardless of not having the capacity to read or write, agents say that Segard’s stellar performance has opened doors for handicapped individuals across the nation.
“Symbolically, it’s very strong that a young woman with an intellectual disability can come before millions of French people to do something that is close to her heart. This shows that these people have abilities,” Unapei’s president Luc Gateau told to French newspaper La Croix.