Terms and conditions

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.

Here are some terms and conditions for the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2020.

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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
  • Groups with people who have a learning disability and/or autism can enter the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List
  • 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
  • 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
  • ***We have extended the deadline for entries and nominations to the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2020. Entries are now open until 10am on Wednesday 15 July.***
  • 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

Selecting the 2020 Leaders

The 2020 Leaders’ List is being run in partnership with Learning Disability England and Dimensions.

Judging will take place in July/August 2020. It will be fair and impartial; each judge’s decision is final.

There will be at least 17 judges

  • Each of the 5 categories will have 3 judges. 2 of those judges will have a learning disability and/or autism and the other judge will have personal or professional experience.
  • There will also be a judge for the Lifetime Achievement Award and a judge for the Young Persons Award.
  • In addition to this, there will also be a number of judges to help make decisions where there is a conflict of interest or a “tied” place.

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.
  • Where we feel there is information missing from the entry but strong potential, we will contact the person who made the entry.
  • 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

  • The 3 judges for each category,  will rank the shortlisted stories for their category in order of preference, assigning them a position, which will convert to points: 20 points (first place) to one point (last place).
  • The judges will send their scores to Dimensions.

Stories won’t be anonymised

  • It’s important that the judges really get to know and understand the entrants.
  • They will see photos, videos and other documents.
  • This means that the stories cannot be anonymous.
  • But, the judges are under obligation to tell us about any conflicts of interest.
  • If they do not feel they can judge the story impartially they will be put in touch with a mediator judge.
  • They will work with the mediator judge to rank the story fairly and appropriately.

Choosing the Leaders

  • Dimensions will use the scores to determine 8 successful stories per category. These people will be the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders for 2020.
  • If there are any tied places (people with the same score in the same category) mediating judges 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.
  • 2020’s Leaders will be notified in August. 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.

Data

  • 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 2020.
  • We store data across a number of secure platforms. Details can be found in our Privacy Policy.

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