Today, Harvey Price has announced that he will be taking up a new role as Ambassador for the UK’s leading learning disability charity, Mencap.
Set to use his new position to be a role model for young people with a learning disability, as a Mencap Ambassador Harvey will help to educate the general public about learning disability.
There are 1.5 million people in the UK who have a learning disability, who are often not treated like equals and face stigma and discrimination every day of their lives. It is hoped that Harvey will help to tackle stigma and bully.
“I am so happy to be a Mencap Ambassador,” says Harvey, who was born with Septic Optic Dysplasia, Prader-Willi syndrome, autism and a learning disability. “I want to do good things with the charity like stop online trolling and be a voice for young people like me. I can’t wait!”
Harvey’s mother, Katie Price, has also be campaigning to end negative online abuse and bring people who target Harvey to justice.
“I am thrilled that Harvey has become an Ambassador for Mencap. Mencap does fantastic work campaigning against inequalities, supporting people to live the lives they want to and bringing about change in attitudes towards people like my son,” enthuses Katie.
“I am so proud to see him take on this role and I can’t wait to see what he will achieve with Mencap.”
People with a learning disability are seven times more likely to feel lonely, are twice as likely to be inactive and die on average two decades younger than the general population.
Almost one in three young people with a learning disability spend less than one hour outside of their homes on a typical Saturday.
With high hopes to change the lives of people with a learning disability, Harvey has many goals already in place.
Excited to add Harvey to the team, Mencap chief executive Edel Harris adds: “Harvey is already doing some great work to tackle online bullying and raise awareness of what life is like when you have a learning disability.
“We are pleased to be working with him to help increase the visibility of people with a learning disability across the media and society to help transform attitudes and to do our bit to ensure that the UK is the best place in the world to live for people with a learning disability.
“We look forward to unveiling our exciting plans with Harvey very soon.”