How to enter

You can nominate yourself or someone else for the Scope Disability Equality Awards. Please carefully read through the information below. This will make sure your submission meets our criteria and has the best chance of being shortlisted:

How to structure your answers

Making your answers clear and specific will give your nominee the greatest chance of being shortlisted. We recommend you use the STAR method: 

  • Situation: set the scene 
  • Task: describe the purpose 
  • Action: explain what was done 
  • Result: share the outcome

It’s important you’re clear on what was achieved as part of the activity and whether any change happened as a result.

Make sure you provide as much evidence as possible. This could be: 

  • quotes from people affected by the nominee’s work 
  • changes to local community 
  • changes to policy and practice in a workplace, education or health setting 
  • number of people affected 
  • local or national press coverage 
  • social media engagement 
  • petition signatures 
  • any other proof of impact 


All submissions need to focus on the impact an action has had in England and Wales. It can have originated elsewhere. But we cannot accept submissions that only highlight impact in other countries.

Judging criteria

All nominations will be judged against the following criteria: Impact, Creativity, Diversity and Inclusion. Please be specific when addressing each point, with concrete examples wherever possible. 


How has your nominee has a clear positive effect or influence on the lives of disabled people? 

An example of a previous winner who demonstrated impact is the British Deaf Association, whose campaign ‘BSL Act Now’ resulted in BSL being legally recognised as a language in England, Wales and Scotland. British Deaf Association won the Campaign award. 


How has your nominee generated new or novel solutions to problems, created new connections or original ideas? 

An example of a previous winner who demonstrated creativity is Designability, whose product ‘Wizzybug’ is an innovative powered wheelchair for physically disabled children. Designability won the Accessible Organisation award. 

Diversity and Inclusion 

How has your nominee shown they are committed to highlighting the voices of all disabled people, including those who face other types of discrimination? e.g. Black, Asian and minority ethnic, LGBTQ+ or other multiply marginalised disabled people. This could be either through personal lived experience or championing others. 

An example of a previous winner who demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion is Sophie Butler, who talks about the experiences of disabled people in the LGBTQ+ community. Sophie Butler won the Influencer award.

Time requirements

The achievement you are nominating yourself or others for must have taken place on or after 1 January 2022. The activity can still be ongoing.

Nomination format

You can submit a nomination either:

  • in writing, using the text fields on the nomination form
  • by audio or video file that is no more than 5 minutes long

There is the option to add a video URL to your application.