Over the last few years I’ve watched in awe as blogging friends and acquaintances got dolled up and painted the town red at the BAPS Awards. These awards are to acknowledge those who are blogging about SEND (special education needs and disabilities). BAPS stands for bloody awesome parents, which makes these awards very special indeed.
Parents who are up for these awards aren’t just anyone. They are mama’s, dada’s and all out warriors, advocating for their children to have a brighter future. Stories behind these families range from the everyday to the inspirational to the truly exceptional. Which is why I am humbled and honoured to have made the shortlist in the Wellbeing category (click here to vote).
The wellness award is to celebrate bloggers who write about the health and wellbeing of their child or themselves. These bloggers share tips, advice and stories to help others, and has been sponsored by The Goldsmith Centre.
Where and when are the BAPS Awards?
If you would like to attend the ceremony, you can purchase your ticket from My Family Our Needs. The event will be held from 6:30pm on Thursday 16th May at the Windmill Village Golf Club & Spa in Coventry. Tickets are priced between £50-60 and will include a drinks reception, three course meal, entertainment and a chance to meet the host Carrie Grant. Click here for Ts & Cs, and here for the full list of judges.
Special rate rooms at The Windmill Village Golf Club & Spa have been secured at discounted rates (£85 single/£95 double). Should you wish to book accommodation, please contact the hotel directly on 024 7640 4040, explaining you are attending the awards.
Full list of BAPS Awards finalists. Click on the highlighted text to learn more
A Curious Journey (Best newcomer)
Autism Aware Bears (Best newcomer)
Feeling Upside Down (Best newcomer)
PDA Bubble (Best newcomer)
Stories about Autism (Best use of media and Truth about SEND)
I Am River (Best use of media and Truth about SEND)
Frankie Says Relax about T21 (Best use of media, blogger making a difference and )
Little Blue Cup (Best use of media)
Emma 4 FACS (Blogger making a difference)
Brody, Me and GDD (Blogger making a difference)
Our Altered Life (Blogger making a difference)
Faith Mummy “Reasons I don’t like people, thoughts from a 9yo autistic girl” (Blog post that made the biggest impact)
MS Parent Advocate “Inclusion” (Blog post that made the biggest impact)
Learning Curve PDA “Principles of a no demand or low demand approach, and how it worked for us” (Blog post that made the biggest impact)
Downright Joy “If the cap fits” (Blog post that made the biggest impact)
Jeremy – Bethany’s Dad (Non-Blogger Bloody Awesome Parent of the Year)
Sarah Collins – First Touch (Non-Blogger Bloody Awesome Parent of the Year)
Paula McGowan (Non-Blogger Bloody Awesome Parent of the Year)
Jennifer Peters – Me Too & Co (Non-Blogger Bloody Awesome Parent of the Year)
A Wheelie Great Adventure (Travel & Accessibility)
The Inclusive Home (Travel & Accessibility)
Me, the Man & the Kids (Travel & Accessibility)
Autism Kids on Tour (Travel & Accessibility)
Isla’s Voice (Truth about SEND)
Joseph and his Amazing Spectrum Coat (Truth about SEND)
Coraline & Us (Wellbeing)
It’s a Tink Thing (Wellbeing)
Peace with PDA (Wellbeing)
…and little old me 🙂