I am a visual artist and trainer. Often people with a learning disability have things done for them, rather than by them. But if you give support to the whole person, it's amazing what they can achieve. I've always known that I am not an academic person. But I also know that the arts can help you develop lots of life skills. You can use the arts for all kinds of things: making friends, person-centred planning, or to help you find out what you want to do. Art is a way of communicating.
I co-organise the Oska Bright film festival, which is run by people with a learning disability. I have also done lots of work for Mencap as an arts adviser. In 2005, I helped to organise a Mencap conference and exhibition at the Tate Modern art gallery.
I have also done co-training with the London Symphony Orchestra and the National Museum Service. And in April, I gave a presentation about my work at a special Mencap conference about learning disability in Chinese communities.
It's great when people with a learning disability get involved with the arts and get creative, as it is a way of engaging with other people. If they found school difficult, being involved in art is a great way to learn. People should focus on what they can do, rather than what they can't do.
I'm a person with a learning disability, but I also have lots of technical knowledge! When I'm training or teaching people, I try and make the concept as 'live' as possible. I often use myself as the concept!
I try and give people something they can take away after the project. As well as the photographs or record of what they've done, it's important that they carry something with them that they can use later. As the arts develop, so do the people.
Find out more about learning disability arts on Mencap's Artspider website