BAPS Award Winners 2020
We are delighted to present the BAPS Award Winners for 2020.
Obviously 2020 was a bit of a strange year with all sorts of spanners thrown in the works. However, we still managed to host the awards ceremony, albeit virtually, and have a great time doing so! While we may not have been able to clink glasses at the BAPS Awards 2020, we still managed to come together to celebrate the SEND community in style.
Best Use of Media
Kaytee Jones – The Nurse Mum
‘Kaytee does what any parent does – she fights for the rights of her child. Her son, Jaxon, needs more support than most children and Kaytee must shout much louder to receive support. Currently she is appealing the NHS’ decision to reduce her care hours and has documented this battle on her Instagram page, which has been picked up by The Daily Mirror and ITV daytime programme, This Morning.’
Bloody Awesome Parent of the Year
Winner: Yvonne Newbold
A best-selling author and blogger, the judges admired Yvonne’s strength and determination to find a way through her terminal breast cancer diagnosis, by writing The Special Parent’s Handbook. The book shared what it’s like to be a parent of a profoundly disabled child. Since then, Yvonne has founded the SEND VCB project – a project aimed at helping violent SEND children live a life of happiness of hope.
Blog post with the biggest impact
I am River – If you refuse to stop using this word then you are no friend of mine.
‘There is such a lack of understanding around why the word is offensive. Blogs like this bring to life the reasoning behind its offense and help educate those who may not have even thought about their words and how they affect people.’
‘The team behind Wouldn’t Change a Thing have done absolute wonders for the Downs Syndrome community to massively change perceptions. Wouldn’t Change a Thing have recently gained charity status, and the Wouldn’t Change a Thing book is designed to support new and expectant parents and maternity units in the UK.’
Winner: Gemma Bryan – Isla’s Voice
What did people say who nominated Isla’s Voice? ‘Gemma dedicates her life to blogging, attending events, running support groups, as well as being a governor in a special educational school and raising awareness of autism.’
Making a Difference
Winner: James Hunt – Stories About Autism
BAPS judges praised James’s stories about his two sons with autism. Families across the world have connected with him, as he breaks down the barriers and the stigma surrounding autism by offering humble accounts of the highs and lows of parenting children with autism.
Winner: Helen Fores – Spark Sensory
‘It’s rare to see people dedicated in making a difference in their community with so much passion and enthusiasm, Helen does just that.’
Travel and Accessibility
Winner: Lizzie Murphy – A Curious Journey
Trained journalist, Lizzie, wanted to start writing about something she was passionate about. So, she created her own website to write about her family. BAPS judges thought Lizzie’s blogs were a brilliant resource for SEND parents who share Lizzie’s love of travel.
Truth about SEND
Winner: Jo Cooksey – First time valley mam
Jo started her blog with the thought – ‘if I helped just one person that would be worth it.’ She now sees her blog as her online diary and views all the people she has met on her blogging journey as her friends. BAPS judges praised her raw and honest writing.
Winner: Liz Arriens – Coraline and Us
Liz and her husband discovered unexpectedly within hours that their daughter, Coraline had Downs Syndrome and two holes in her heart. Coraline and Us was created to show that everything in life comes back to love, and each post reflects Liz and her husband’s values.
A fabulous night was had by all despite the strange circumstances and and we hope to make next years awards even better. If you want to stay in the loop about the BAPS Awards follow My Family Our Needs on Twitter for updates.
Thanks to our sponsors and everyone else who contributed to the night – it wouldn’t have been possible without your help!