Celebrating The Life Experiences Of People Who Have Learning Disabilities & Autism



There are around 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability and 700,000 people in the UK with autism.  MacIntyre is a national charity which provides learning, support and care for children and adults with a learning disability and autism. For the past two years, renowned photographer Polly Braden has worked with MacIntyre and the people they support, to document the everyday interactions and experiences that really matter to them. The result is Great Interactions, a beautiful and moving book published by Dewi Lewis Publishing and a major exhibition hosted by the National Media Museum.

The project exists to support Great Interactions by highlighting the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism through social media sharing.

We would like to invite you to share photographs of your own lives, using the hashtag #greatinteractions. By uploading the images of people that are important in your lives, you are helping to celebrate the great interactions which enable people with a learning disability and autism to live the life they want.  You can do this using Instagram, Twitter or by uploading your image to our Facebook group.  Please see our Share Your Photos page for more information.

We would also love to hear comments from you, either about the ‘Great Interactions’ photographs or about your own experiences of learning disabilities and autism – what are the little moments and experiences that mean something to you?

While we are primarily working to highlight the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism, we are inviting photographs from everyone because we feel that these small moments of meaning help us to understand what connects us.

We recently invited people to enter their photos into our #greatinteractions  competition and the winners have now been selected. You can see the winners and their entries here.

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