About The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2020

This year we are postponing the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List to recognise what people have been doing during self-isolation and the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, we are running the Coronavirus Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List. Find out more about the Coronavirus Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List.

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About the Leaders’ List

The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List is a collection of stories from people who have learning disabilities and/or autism.

There is a different List every year and 2020 is the third time we have done this. It shares lots of different types of achievements different people.

Anybody who has a learning disability and/or is anywhere on the autism spectrum is welcome on the List. We want to see different types of people and achievements so we can celebrate and represent them.

Everybody who enters or is nominated will be sent a personalised certificate they can show to others and celebrate what they have done.

Categories for the List

There are 5 categories for the List in 2020. They are…

Local communities

This is for people who are making a difference or getting involved in their local community.

Advocacy, policy and the media

This is for people who are trying to make their communities or the country a better place with more people included and everyone respected.

Work and education

This is for people who are in paid work or learning new things.

Sports, arts and entertainment

This is for people who are doing creative and athletic things.

Stories from self-isolation and the coronavirus

This is for people to share how they’ve been getting through or helping others through the coronavirus crisis.

How many winners there will be

There will be 8 winners for each category, that’s 40 winners in total!

1 of the winners will be chosen for the Young Person’s Award and 1 of the winners will be chosen for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

How the winners will be selected

The 40 winners will be chosen by a panel of 15 judges and 10 judges will have a learning disability and/or autism themselves.

The other 5 judges will have their own professional or personal experience of learning disabilities and/or autism.

The judges will score the stories and the highest scoring stories will win.

Those who don’t win will be finalists and those who do win will be Leaders.

Winners stories will be published

When the winners have been selected we will write their stories. Each winner will have their own page on the Dimensions website where their stories and photos will be published.

In 2019, the stories were looked at over 17 thousand times on the Dimensions website and shared with over 30,000 people who follow Dimensions on social media.

Dimensions will share some of the stories with the media and they might also be published in newspapers, on news websites or on news social media.

They might be asked to talk to journalists or other people about their stories. This is good because it means more people with learning disabilities and/or autism will represent themselves in the news.

Lots of people will see the stories and might want to show others. This means their stories might also be published in other publications, on other websites and on other people’s social media.

This is good because it means lots of people will understand more about what they have done.

Working together

The Leaders’ List is run by Dimensions and we are working with Learning Disability England and VODG.

They are our official partners for the third year running.

It’s time to enter the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2020

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