A British learning disability charity has launched a beautiful photo series in the hope of changing the way society views people with learning disabilities.
Acclaimed fashion photographer Rankin, who’s photographed the likes of Madonna and HRH the Queen, shot the portraits, which challenge the stereotypes surrounding disabilities.
The series forms part of Mencap’s ‘Here I Am’ campaign that launched Friday to coincide with the release of a survey of public attitudes of people with learning disabilities.
The survey of 2002 people conducted by Mencap and Ipsos MORI found that a small majority of people did not believe that people with learning disabilities were a “burden” on society, while 40 percent were not sure.
Six percent of those surveyed said they would feel uncomfortable using the same swimming pool as someone with a more severe learning disability.
“Rankin makes you feel at home and it feels like you want to be there and that he’s there to support you. And he comes across as funny, a laugh and a joker,” Esther Fletcher, who was photographed (pictured below), said in a statement.
“Richard and I have been together for a while now. Sadly we’ve both been bullied and targeted because of our learning disability. I had boiling water poured over me once by some school kids,” Fletcher said.