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Kit Harington

My cousin Laurent is one of the 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK.

Growing up with Laurent, I know that people with a learning disability have the same hopes and dreams for their lives as all young people do.

However, others are sometimes awkward and afraid when it comes to engaging with someone with a learning disability and that means they are often ignored and overlooked...

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What does Jon Snow know?

1,200 people with a learning disability are dying prematurely in hospital every year.

1,200 people with a learning disability are dying prematurely in hospital every year.

9 out of 10 of these children won't be offered a job

Approximately 8 out of 10 working age people with a learning disability have a mild or moderate learning disability and could work, but less than 2 in 10 are in employment.

 Pupils with SEN are eight times more likely to be permanently excluded than their peers who do not have these needs

Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) are eight times more likely to be permanently excluded than their peers who do not have these needs (Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, 2012)


Filming with Kit Harington

Ciara and Lloyd sit at a desk on set of the short film with Kit Harington

When I was diagnosed with my learning disability, I felt really negative.

Everyone told me what I couldn’t do rather than what would be possible to do in my life.

However, now I have a full-time job, I have been married for nearly 3 years and I have just starred alongside Kit Harington in a short film!

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