First year timeline

#ImWithSam is more than an awareness campaign – we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to advise and guide key influencers.

Behind this work has been the force of the public, demanding change. We’d like to share the journey #ImWithSam has taken in its first year.

May 2016

Dimensions launches a national survey to determine the true level of autism and learning disability hate crime, currently under-reported, in the UK. This survey was open to everybody and was used to shape the campaign objectives.

September 2016

Dimensions delivers a consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service to inform new policy on prosecuting crimes against disabled people:

  • Stronger definitions around hostility vs vulnerability
  • Better guidance around victim support throughout the criminal justice system
  • Commitment to securing more prosecutions where there is a victim with a disability.

October 2016

It’s Hate Crime Awareness Week and the official launch of #ImWithSam.

To launch our campaign people with autism and learning disabilities and other sector professionals presented their experience and knowledge to a cross-party group of MPs in the Houses of Parliament and the PUS for Safeguarding, Vulnerability and Counter Extremism.

Mark (front) joins MPs and sector professionals to proudly launch #ImWithSam and drum up support

October 2016

Dimensions Campaign Advisor, Mark Brookes, and CEO, Steve Scown descended on the BBC Breakfast sofa to officially announce #ImWithSam to the nation.

Steve and Mark were up bright and early to announce #ImWithSam on national TV

October 2016

Dimensions submits evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee to recommend changes to tackle disability hate, including changes to the law and resources for police.

November 2016

Dimensions began meeting with key stakeholders to raise awareness of the lack of diversity in children’s book and the need for the issue of hate crime to be raised from a young age.

April 2017

The innovative online hate crime hub is launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Dimensions joins the advisory group to gather evidence on victims of online disability hate.

May 2017

Dimensions and the PSHE Association publish teaching materials for key stage 3 students to tackle disablist bullying. These resources are promoted to a network 16,000 teachers and schools and through the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

May 2017

Dimensions delivers a workshop at the National Police Chiefs Council – Annual Hate Crime Conference, with police and prosecutors discussing how to take reports of hate crime and how to support victims.

Sign up and support #ImWithSam

By signing up to support #ImWithSam and sharing our message and resources you are showing the world that autism and learning disability hate crime will not be tolerated.

Through our campaign against autism and learning disability hate crime, we are working with organisations, professionals and influencers to tackle hate crime at its roots and improve support for victims.

In the first year of #ImWithSam we worked with the Crown Prosecution Service, Police Force, Law Commission and PSHE Association. We drove changes to the criminal justice system, police training and school teaching.