There are around 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability and 700,000 with autism. Polly Braden has spent the past two years working with some of those supported by the charity MacIntyre, capturing everyday moments, achievements and milestones. The subject is complex but the aim is simple: to highlight everyday interactions and life-changing experiences.
Braden’s photographs show the barriers faced in simply trying to have fair opportunities in life, but they are also inspiring. They are filled with moments that would have once seemed difficult – from finding employment and using public transport to gaining a measure of independence, graduating from high school and getting married.
As well as the exhibition, Braden is now inviting people to upload and share their own photographs of people living with autism or learning disabilities. With the hashtag #greatinteractions, these photos shared via social media will raise further awareness and also give entrants the opportunity to win a copy of Braden’s book, cinema tickets or a camera. Just go to http://greatinteractions.live for further information on the competition, book and the exhibition. Link to the exhibition: National Media Museum