Wednesday 15 February 2017

WonderfulWednesday: BAPS SEND Blog Awards Finalists via @weareMFON

BAPS SEND Blog Awards

It's been an exciting week in the world of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) blogging.  My wonderful Wednesday post this week is highlighting the The BAPS Awards.  Although I'm blown away to be one of the finalists this isn't really 'vote for me' post.  I'm quite excited about some wonderful things I've noticed in the week of nominations and finalist announcements.

A post about blogging isn't really my thing. The closest I've got to posting about blogging is about these awards or here - and even that was really about whether a post could make a difference to the perceptions around my kids' various conditions.

This is the first year there has ever been awards just for UK bloggers who write about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).   In some ways this relatively small blogging family is no different to others. We share our stories, we hope people read them. And like many bloggers we support each other.

We write passionately although it can be in subjects that are very sensitive. Most of us are in some way hoping to affect some sort of change in the world be that via a particular campaign, raising awareness of conditions or what it's like to be 'that family'.  I feel both part of a larger blogging tribe and this smaller more niche community in the year or so I have been blogging.   And it's maybe because of this I've been delighted in what I've seen as the past week of nominations and finalists announcements.

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I'm part of a wonderful, growing, supportive community.  SEND Bloggers offer so much and do so much good.  Here's how I know:
  • People are finding hope from SEND Bloggers all the time.  I'm a finalist in the Newcomer category but there were several bloggers nominated in this category that couldn't be finalists because their blog is over a year old.  In fact some bloggers nominated in this category have been blogging for several years.  Conclusion - people think they've found a new blog that they like, that helps them, thats informs them about SEND, even though it's actually been going for years. More people are finding support from SEND Bloggers - fab!
  • Nearly 50 SEND Bloggers were nominated in the Promoting Positive Perceptions category.  I love this!  Its a category about changing the way people think about SEND for the better, it's forward looking and it's brilliant. If there are nearly 50 SEND Bloggers out there promoting positive perceptions of SEND enough to be nominated, then we are winning guys.  This is undoubtedly my favourite category
  • Now for some slightly odd things, nearly all the finalists with me in the Newcomer category have a connection with autism. You might think this is a negative thing, I don't necessarily think so.  I think, like in the last year we've had Steve Silberman's Neurotribes come out, that there has been a bit of cultural shift and parents are concerned not just about raising autism awareness but also autism acceptance and perhaps this is one of the reasons there has been an influx in this area.  This is great and next year we may see other SEND highlighted in a similar way.
  • Those nominated and the finalists in the Campaigning for Change category are awesome and again these awards are highlighting their vital and constant crusades to make the world a safer, decent and better place
  • SWAN's are well represented across the categories - if you don't know what they are then it's all the more better that they are being highlighted in the categories here.
There are four finalists in each of six categories and they are all brilliant and deserving!  So, if you know one of these SEND Bloggers, and you like what they do (and yes it's also very OK to choose me too ;-)), I'd love for you to show your support for this special community - take a minute and vote for them. Thank you.

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  1. Congratulations on your very well deserved nomination lovely. I have just sent my vote your way. My own perception and understanding of SEND topics has developed massively since I started blogging and it is all thanks to the brilliant and insightful posts that I read from you and some of the other nominees and incredible SEND bloggers out there. Thank you for linking up with #DreamTeam and good luck! x

  2. Congratulations on your nomination! I've loved finding out more about SEND issues since starting blogging. My own daughter has some complex issues but I've only been brave enough to mention it for this first time in today's post (it's taken me almost 9 months!). I am in admiration of those who are able to share and write about these sensitive issues #BrillBlogPosts

  3. Congratulations on your nomination! It's wonderful that you have found your community and to be part of the change to increase awareness and lend support. I have read your posts and have found them to be inspiring and informative. Good on you and well done. Thanks for linking with #bigpinklink

  4. Congratulations, I've already done my voting and wish everyone the very best of luck. xx

    1. Thanks Anne, there's a brilliant selection to choose from. And glad to hear you are feeling better.

  5. Well done on your nomination, that must be really exciting for you! I think blogging allows you to find a community you can lean on, share with and gain info from. It's lovely that you've found your community and the amount of support you get from them.
    Best of luck with the awards

  6. Congratulations, I'm off to find out more about the awards and how to vote - good luck! #wotw

  7. Congratulations, very well deserved and this is a great post around the community and all that it has to offer x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  8. Wow congratulations - very well deserved and good luck in the votes xx
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

  9. Congratulations on being a finalist - you have my vote! So nice to have awards for SEND bloggers and to recognise such a wonderful community of bloggers who do a great job of raising awareness of different conditions and sharing an insight into their lives. #WotW

  10. Congratulations on being a finalist! That is so exciting! xx #coolmumclub


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