Enter the Leaders’ List 2021

Entries and nominations for the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2021 awards are now closed! Winners’ will be published on 3rd December. Follow @DimensionsUK and #LDALeadersList to stay up to date.

Who can enter the Leaders’ List?

Anybody with a learning disability and/or autism can enter themselves or be nominated by somebody else.

This includes people with mild, moderate or more profound learning disabilities, those who are on any part of the autism spectrum and people who have learning disabilities as well as autism.

Everybody is welcome on the List and we want to share lots of different types of stories from lots of different types of people.

*The photo above is of 2019 Sports, Arts and Entertainment Leader; Rosa.

Before you 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 or ask someone you trust to support you to read them.

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

The forms can be completed on a mobile device or a computer.

Everything you submit is protected under the UK General Data Protection Regulations.

*The photo above is of 2020 Coronavirus Leader; Kumudu

It’s time to prepare your entry

Maggie and Doreen

Once you start the online form you will have 24 hours to complete your entry before you progress will be lost.

We recommend you follow these steps to prepare your answers and choose the media you will upload before you start the form.

*The photo above is of 2019 Local Communities Leaders; Maggie and Doreen

Step 1: Contact details

We will ask you for the details of the person being entered. This includes their name, where they live and how old they are.

We will also ask you for the contact details for someone we can talk to about the entry.

Step 2: Choose a category

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

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

Step 3: Share 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 please tell us about them.

Step 4: Upload some optional files

We will ask you to upload a video, images and/or documents. You don’t have to but it will help our judges get to know you.

You can upload a video by uploading it to:

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

You can upload images or small documents straight into the form.

We will ask you to tell us a little bit about each item.

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

Step 5: Tell us about you

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

  • 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 please tell us about them.

Submitting the form

When you have completed the form you will submit it.

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

After you have submitted the form you will have the option to complete a short survey. This survey is anonymous, which means we will not know who has completed it.

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

*The photo above is of 2019 Sports, Arts and Entertainment Leader; Matt aka Mrs Sparkle

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.

*The photo above is of 2020 Coronavirus Leaders; Cardiff People First

Share the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2021

This is a sector award and we encourage other organisations, groups and individuals to share it so even more inspirational people have the opportunity to be celebrated.

Please tag @DimensionsUK and use #LDALeadersList to share this page and help more people with learning disabilities and/or autism to be recognised and appreciated for their brilliant work.