The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders' List 2021 launch

The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders' List 2021 launch

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Join us and our celebrity host to celebrate our 2021 Learning Disability and Autism Leaders' List award winners!

About this event

Every year Dimensions runs the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders' List to celebrate people who are taking a lead in their lives and making things better for themselves and others.

This year our online awards ceremony is hosted by BBC Radio 2's Ken Bruce and the awards are being presented by some of our previous winners and leading advocates.

The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders' List awards are run by Dimensions in partnership with Learning Disability England and VODG.

They are open every year for anyone who has a learning disability and/or autism to enter or nominate someone as a celebration of their inspirational work. We received lots of amazing entries and our panel of judges helped choose just 20 winners.

All of our judges are previous Leaders and have a learning disability and/or autism themselves. They have described the entries as; "brave", "amazing", "overwhelming" and "inspiring".

You will find out who has won a place on this prestigious List and have the opportunity to celebrate them.

If you are a 2021 Leader please register a VIP ticket.

If you are a guest, previous Leader or a judge please register a Guest ticket.

Meet our special guests...

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Ken’s son Murray won a place on the Dimensions Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List in 2019, and announced this achievement on the Jeremy Vine Show.

Ken is a BBC Radio 2 presenter and has continued to support the Leaders’ List each year since.

He joins as the event host and will introduce our 4 wonderful award presenters…

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Liam Bairstow is a learning-disabled artist, performer and facilitator who has been performing professionally since 2013.

He has toured as a stage performer nationally and internationally with Mind the Gap and has also been a regular character on Coronation Street since 2015.

Liam is also a trained facilitator and has delivered a wide range of workshops.

Liam was a Dimensions Learning Disability and Autism Leader in 2019!

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Ciara is a person with a learning disability and is currently working for Mencap in the CEO Directorate Team and has worked for Mencap for 20 years.

Her job role is Big Plan Engagement lead. Ciara talks to people with a learning disability to make sure they are included in Mencap’s Big plan.

Ciara has had lots of different jobs in the organisation. These include working in the Campaigns and Activism Team, Fundraising, Celebrity media team and the employment service.

She was a Dimensions Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List judge in 2019!

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Gary has been a self-advocate for over 30 years.

He is a civil rights campaigner and has a vast amount of experience in working with the media; including appearances on Channel 4 and BBC Breakfast.

Gary brought the People First movement to England in the 1980s, and was the founder of People First England.

Gary was a Co-Founder of Learning Disability England, who are partners for the Leaders’ List.

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Mark works with Dimensions as an Advocacy Lead and has supported their hate crime campaign since launching it on BBC Breakfast 5 years ago.

He has since been awarded with an honorary doctorate for his work on hate crime and recently attended the ceremony to receive his MBE.

Mark was a Dimensions Learning Disability and Autism Leader in 2018!

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