Terms and conditions

The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2019 entries are open to anyone with a learning disability and/or autism. Here are some terms and conditions.

If you have any questions, please email DimensionsCampaigns@dimensions-uk.org

Entering the Leaders’ List

  • Entry options have been designed to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. Entrants and nominators can email DimensionsCampaigns@dimensions-uk.org if adjustments are needed
  • Individuals with a learning disability and/or autism can enter the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2019
  • People entering themselves for the List can receive support to make their entry
  • Individuals can nominate somebody with a learning disability and/or autism for the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2019
  • Anybody nominating somebody else must have direct contact with the person they are nominating and will be responsible for relaying messages and orchestrating a working relationship between all required parties
  • Previous winners can enter again, but they must use a different story from their winning story
  • All entrants and nominees must be living in the UK at time of entry or nomination
  • Multiple nominations and entries are allowed
  • Entries and nominations close promptly at 6pm on 26th July 2019
  • No submissions will be accepted after entries have closed, except those in exceptional circumstances
  • Entries made by the same person, using the same story, under the same category will be treated as duplications. The Leaders’ List Administrator will put what they consider to be the entry with the best chance of success into the shortlisting process
  • Categories have been designed to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. The Leaders’ List Administrator and Shortlisting Team holds the right to change categories stories are entered under. This is to give them the best possible chance of success
  • Everybody entering will be asked to share any details of connections to learning disability organisations, this is to help ensure fair and impartial judging

Selecting the 2019 Leaders

The 2019 Leaders’ List is being run in partnership with Learning Disability England and Dimensions; both organisations will have judges on the judging panel. We have designed the judging process to be as fair and impartial as possible.

Judging will take place in August/September 2019. It will be fair and impartial; each judge’s decision is final.

Entries will remain confidential throughout the judging period.

There will be 21 judges in total

  • Each of the 6 categories will have 3 judges. We are aiming for 2 of those judges to have a learning and/or autism
  • There will also be a judge to make decisions where there is a conflict of interest or a “tied” place
  • There will also be a judge for the Lifetime Achievement Award and a judge for the Young Persons Award

Entries will be shortlisted

  • Dimensions colleagues will shortlist the entries. This means they will read all entries and choose a selection to send to the judges
  • This shortlisting will be done “blind”. This means that they won’t be provided with any names or information that we believe could identify the person
  • It is at this stage some entries might be moved to a different category. This will only be done if it gives the entrant a better chance of success
  • The final shortlisted entries will be sent to the judges

Judges will rank the shortlists

  • There will be 3 judges for each category, they will rank the shortlisted story for their category
  • The judging will be done “blind” and if any judge feels like they know the entrant, they will be asked to tell Dimensions and the mediating judge will judge that entry
  • Judges will rank each entry against a list of criteria; this will give each entrant a score
  • The judges will send their scores to Dimensions

Choosing the Leaders

  • Dimensions will use the scores to determine 7 successful stories per category. These people will be the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders for 2019
  • If there are any tied places (people with the same score in the same category) the mediating judge will choose which story succeeds
  • Dimensions will send the eligible Leaders’ stories to the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Young Persons Award judges for their decisions
  • 2019’s Leaders will be notified in September. This is confidential and we will ask them not to tell anybody
  • Winners must consent to publication of their story, their photo, their name and other supporting content. If consent is not given, alternative entrants will be selected
  • Consent for publication will be asked from the winning entrants only, after judging is complete.


  • All personal data shared with us is protected under the General Data Protection Regulations
  • This means we will not share any personal data supplied with anybody else without consent
  • We will share the stories submitted with only those involved in the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2019
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