Here I Am
Learning disability A learning disability is to do with the way someone's brain works. It makes it harder for someone to learn, understand or do things. has been invisible for too long. It’s time to see people with a learning disability A learning disability is to do with the way someone's brain works. It makes it harder for someone to learn, understand or do things. for all they are and all they can be.
Join the Here I Am campaign A campaign is when people work together to try to change something. , spread the word and help change the future.
Got questions about learning disability? Who better to ask than someone who has a learning disability!
We got Aeren to answer a range of questions. Take a look at the chat to see what she said, and find out about her experience of having a learning disability...
I am not a learning disability
Do you think children with Down's syndrome Down's syndrome is a type of disability. People who have Down's syndrome may find it hard to learn new things and may need support. People with Down's syndrome may have more problems with their health too. should be hidden away? That's what some leading academics were calling for not long ago.
Watch our film to see Casey, a DJ with attitude (oh, and Down's syndrome too), destroy that view in his own skilful way.
Here I Am: Read the stories
Meet the stars of the campaign. You might have seen them on a billboard, on TV or the web. Find out about their interests and how their learning disability has affected their life.
Hear from Rankin
All too often we overlook people with a learning disability, it is so easy to miss the person and see a stereotype instead. With these images I want people to see past the learning disability; to catch a glimpse of who each individual is, their personality and identity.
Why we're campaigning
Here I Am is about raising awareness and improving understanding towards the 1.4 million people in the UK with a learning disability.
See facts and stats from our public attitudes survey A survey is when someone asks you to answer some questions. , and find out more about learning disability as well.
Other ways to get involved
You’ve watched the video and chatted to Aeren. Now you’re wondering, how else can I get involved?
Don't despair, there’s so much more, from donating to Mencap up to becoming a volunteer A volunteer is someone who helps out by doing work for free. .
Here I Am: Behind the scenes
Watched the film and want to see more?
Check out our behind the scenes video and learn about our superstar DJ and how we filmed him.
View the Here I Am gallery
Many of the photos used with our Here I Am campaign were taken from a shoot by world renowned photographer, Rankin.
Take a look at the photos and read some of the quotes from the people with a learning disability who took part.
Aeren is ready and waiting to answer the questions you've always wanted to ask about learning disability, but never had the chance (or the nerve...)
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