How to enter the 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.

This page tells you what you will be asked on the entry form for the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2020. There are easy read slideshows or you can read the text.

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How to enter the Leaders’ List


Before you enter the Leaders’ List please talk with someone you trust. If you are nominating somebody else please think about whether they would want their story to be shared if they won.

Please read through the terms and conditions.

You can enter by completing one of the online forms. There is a plain text and an easy read version of each form and you can complete a form to nominate somebody else or enter yourself.

The form will ask you some questions and everything can be done on a mobile device or a computer.

What you will be asked on the form

The entry from has 10 pages but don’t worry, they aren’t long.

You have 24 hours to complete your entry but you must use the same device for your progress to be saved. If you don’t complete your entry within 24 hours your progress will be lost.

Questions that have an asterix next to them are required. This means you must answer them before you can continue to the next page.

Contact details

We will ask you for some contact details. We will ask you:

  • for your name
  • for your email address or the email address of somebody else
  • for your phone number or the phone number of somebody else

If you are telling us the contact details of somebody else we will ask you:

  • for their name
  • what their relationship is to you or the person you are nominating.

We might email you to remind you to continue your entry. We will email if your entry wins and if you don’t respond, we will call.

Choosing a category

We will ask you to choose a category for your story.

There are five categories you can choose from…

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.

It is ok if you do not know which one to choose, we will make sure your story is in the right category.

Sharing your story

We will ask you some questions to help you tell us your story.

Please keep your answers short, this is because most of our judges have a learning disability and/or autism and it is important all entries are accessible for our judges.

We will ask you:

  • why you are entering and to describe your achievements.
  • about the challenges you have faced.
  • how it has made you and other people feel.
  • to share any nice things other people have said about your work.
  • to share anything else you would like us to know.

If you are nominating somebody else the questions will ask you to tell us about them.

Uploading a video

We will ask you to upload a video. This is so our judges can get to know you or the person you are nominating better.

If you are nominating someone it can be of them or you talking about them.

You can upload a video by uploading it to:

  • the online form
  • YouTube and sharing a link.
  • Vimeo and sharing a link.

We will ask you to describe the video and tell us a little bit about it.

Click here to download guidance for uploading a video, photos and documents and reducing document file sizes.

Uploading images and documents

We will ask you to upload up to five items. These can be images or documents that help show what the story is about.

This is so our judges can get to know you or the person you are nominating better.

We will ask you to describe each image or document and tell us a little bit about it.

Click here to download guidance for uploading a video, photos and documents and reducing document file sizes.

About you

We will ask for some details about you.

We will ask you for:

  • your age
  • the town you are from
  • if you have a learning disability, autism or both
  • to tell us more about you
  • to tell us what your learning disability and/or autism means to you.

You don’t have to answer all of these questions if you don’t want to.

If you are nominating somebody else the questions will ask you to tell us about them.

Submitting the form

When you have completed the form you will submit it by clicking ‘Finish survey’.

It is important you do this or we will not receive your entry.

After you have submitted the form


After you have submitted the form you can complete a short surveym we will not know who has completed this survey.

We will use the answers when we talk to journalists, which means they might help us to get the Leaders’ List in the news.

If you are worried your entry is not good enough


Please do not worry about your entry. We know everybody is different and achievements are different for everybody too.

We want to receive lots of different types of stories.

If we want to know more about your story we will contact you.

We will make sure everybody has the best chance of winning because we understand that an online form is not best for everybody.

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

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