Meet our partners and judges

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.

The Coronavirus Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List is run by Dimensions and we work with lots of different people. Meet our celebrity ambassador, partners and judges. Click ‘Read bio’ to read their biography.

About our celebrity ambassador and judge, Liam Bairstow

Liam originally recorded this video for the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List but he has kindly agreed to support and judge the Coronavirus Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List:

“The coronavirus pandemic has impacted lives of everyone in ways that, only a few months ago, would be difficult to imagine. For many people with learning disabilities and autism, the pandemic has been a period of anxiety and uncertainty, as our daily routines changed beyond recognition.

“And yet, it has also been a time of people persevering, coming together and looking after each other. It’s wonderful that Dimensions’ special Coronavirus Leaders’ List celebrates those stories of everyday strength and resilience in this extraordinary time.

“I’ve been inspired by of everyone who made it onto this historic List, and I look forward to following each person’s journey. I hope that very soon we will all be able to be in one place t celebrate their stories and achievements together.”

You can follow him on Twitter @BairstowLiam

About our partner, VODG | Twitter logo VODGMembership

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VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) is a national charity that represents leading not-for-profit organisations who provide services to disabled people in ways that promote independence, choice and control.

About our partner, Learning Disability England | Twitter logo LearningDisEng

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Learning Disability England exists to make life better with people with Learning Disabilities and their families. We are a not for profit membership organisation bringing together people with learning disabilities, families, professionals and organisations.

Meet some of our judges

Azrab Mohammed

Changing Communities Leader 2018

Azrab is an activist campaigning for local change that helps people with severe disabilities and anxieties to regain control over their lives…

James Walker

Local communities Leader 2019

Hi my name is James I am 21 years old and last year was lucky enough to become a learning disability and autism leader 2019. I am very proud to be a leader as I myself am classed PMLD and there is nothing better to me than spreading awareness about what people like me can do and not what we can’t do!

Murray Bruce

Advocacy, policy and the media Leader 2019

Murray Bruce is an 18 year old writer and student. Murray has spoken at No 10 Downing Street and his insights are widely used by schools and therapists who quote him as an example of always assuming competence. His poetry has also been featured on BBC Radio…

Joanna Grace

Advocacy, policy and the media Leader 2018 | Facebook logo The Sensory Projects | Twitter logo @Jo3grace | LinkedIn Logo Joanna Grace

Joanna Grace is a Sensory Engagement and Inclusion Specialist, Author, Trainer, TEDx Speaker and founder of The Sensory Projects, she is also Autistic.

Inclusion lies at heart of Joanna’s convictions and work. Jo was drawn to working with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities because of the creative and cognitive challenges involved in understanding their unique perspective of the world…

Lynne Elwell

I worked as a photographer until Nicola, the second of my five children became disabled at the age of eight months. I stayed at home to support and educate her and it was through Nicola that I became aware of the attitude towards disabled people. I found that help offered didn’t fit or work for Nicola and finding information was difficult. All I had were my instincts and emotions, I didn’t have any strategies to work in partnership with the people paid to support her, it was very difficult to change things. I decided to learn more.


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