Here I Am
People don’t understand learning disability until they come into contact with it. But for many people that contact, be it face-to-face or in the media, simply never happens. With Here I Am, we want to change that, for people with a learning disability to no longer be invisible and misunderstood, and instead be seen, heard and listened to. We want to take away that option to ignore.
To help us understand what the public really think about learning disability, Mencap has commissioned Ipsos MORI to undertake the first in-depth representative survey of UK public attitudes towards people with a learning disability for 30 years6. Initial results from the survey have shown that the majority of the public support people with a learning disability, but also that there is a huge amount of confusion and misunderstanding about learning disability, and that a smaller but very significant minority have been allowed to hold onto some very negative attitudes – the kind of discrimination that should have no place in 2016 Britain.