Questions and answers

Here are some questions and answers about the postponed Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List and the new Coronavirus Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List.

How will people enter the new List?

In the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2020 we had a category for ‘Stories from self-isolation and the coronavirus’. Entrants under this category have been asked if they would like to be automatically entered into the new List.

All other entries have the option to work with us directly, to adapt their entry and submit it into the new List.

What happens to the old entries?

Any entries not made in the ‘Stories from self-isolation and the coronavirus’ category will be asked if they would like to be automatically entered into the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2021.

How will the new List be judged?

We had a panel of judges who have learning disabilities and/or autism or are family carers ready to judge the original Leaders’ List. We will ask some of those to come back and judge the new stories.

We will shortlist the stories into 40 Finalists. There will be two panels of judges, and each will have three judges who will rank and assign points to 20 stories.

We will use these scores to create a final rank of 40 stories and the top 25 will be the Coronavirus Learning Disability and Autism Leaders.

Why don’t you have as many winners?

You may have noticed that the original List had 40 winners and this new List has 25. The original Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List has at least 4 categories, which will appeal to different audiences – for example, people interested in Advocacy will look at stories in that category and people interested in Sports will look at stories in that category. This new List is one category so we want to make sure that the winning stories get the attention they deserve. This new number is also more proportional to the number of entries under the new List.

Why aren’t you opening nominations again?

The original Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2020 had an extra category for ‘Stories from self-isolation and the coronavirus’. Anybody who wanted a story from the pandemic to be recognised has had the opportunity to enter. We want to make sure that everybody who entered the original List has a fair chance in the new List.

I have a story to share, what can I do?

We want the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2021 to be bigger than ever! We hope things will be better by then and we understand that people will want to share how they got through and contributed during the pandemic. We can’t wait to see everyone’s stories so please do enter in 2021. Sign up to the Leaders’ List newsletter and follow @DimensionsUK and #CovidLeadersList on social media to stay up to date.