Social inclusion charity, Youmanity, has launched a photography exhibition, This-Ability, tackling stereotypes around disability to coincide with the UN’s International Day for Persons with a Disability. 

The exhibition is a selection from the finalists of a photography contest that received over 3000 entries from 53 different countries. 

This-Ability challenges stereotypes surrounding disability. The term ‘disability’ is broad and encompasses both visible and non-visible conditions. Society’s assumption that disabled people want to overcome their disability fails to recognise disability as an identity, often overlooking the strengths that come with it. Photographers worldwide were invited to submit images that celebrated the story, uniqueness and character of their models rather than their disability. We wanted to see images that challenge perceptions which stand in the way of a holistic view of a person’s achievements, success and accomplishments. Once these boundaries are removed, we see the individual emerge from within. This-Ability unmasks, myth-busts and educates. Giving us all the chance of thoughtful reflection, learning and inspiration.

This-Ability is on at London City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, Bermondsey, SE1 2AA From 4th – 14th December. Times: 8am – 5.30pm. Admission: Free. Phone: 0207 221 0900