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.

Young girl sat up 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 his 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 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."

Couple smiling at each other with woman holding 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 the 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 smiling 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 holding his fists up by his head

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 with young mans face

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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