Photos by Rankin

World renowned photographer Rankin recently took some photos of people with a learning disability for our Here I Am campaign.

Take a look at the photos below from the shoot and hear from the people who took part.

Woman in wheelchair with long dark hair, smiling at camera.

Rahima

Rahima was thrilled to get involved with the Here I Am campaign and loved having her photo taken by top Photographer, Rankin.

Talking about the photoshoot, Rahima said, “I felt like everybody else. I felt included.’

Young man laughing with eyes closed.

Vijay

"I would like to be more confident, sometimes I hold back myself and don’t get fully confident.

"When I’ve been doing jobs previously and work experience I found it a bit hard to understand so I needed some help and direction.

"I think it is good to try and learn new thing that you’ve never done before. I like to give things a go and if I don’t like it, that’s okay."

Woman laughing whilst holding her face in her hands.

Aeren

"To anyone who has not met someone with a learning disability, I would tell them to be patient.

"I still have issues with certain words but due to my drama I know you just breath and take time and read. Now, I’m confident in acting and public speaking."

Man and woman stood nose to nose, smiling. The woman is holding the man's face in her hands.

Richard and Esther

"One thing I would say to someone who has a learning disability; be proud of who you are, don’t be ashamed to have a learning disability.

"You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. If you’ve got a disability, don’t hold yourself back, put yourself out there.

"There are always people who can support you, there is better training and better support."

Woman smiling at camera.

Sarah

"Its great to see people with a learning disability deciding on what sort of life they want.

"If they want to get married it’s their choice, getting married is a wonderful thing and it’s their decision. Whether they want to have a baby or not, it’s their decision.

"I don’t want to get married - not for me, but it’s their decision, it’s their lives. We’re all equals."

Woman with long hair and glasses laughing whilst holding her face in her hands.

Ellen

"If I could give one piece of advice to someone who doesn’t know anything about learning disability, I would say to treat them the same as everybody else."

Young man wearing black t-shirt smiling whilst holding his arms up in wrestler pose.

Joe

"People with a learning disability should be treated the same as someone without a learning disability. Yes we sometimes need a little extra help, but we are the same as other people.

"I don’t feel different, I’m just Joe."

Close up of young man's face as he looks into camera.

Casey

"It’s difficult describing what having a learning disability is like. But I believe if you put your mind to it then anybody can achieve their dreams.

"My dreams are to be famous, like a fashion model in advertisements."

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