“ Being involved in and able to sponsor an award at the inaugural Autism Professional Awards was both an honour and a great pleasure. The professionals who work with youngsters and adults on the spectrum 24/7 are amazing- dedicated, caring and often under-valued... I hope we can help to make this event an annual highlight in our calendar.”

Axcis, 2017 Awards Sponsor

Categories

The Awards seek to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to improving the lives of autistic people. There are twelve awards divided into three categories.

Please click on the arrow for further information about each award.


Awards for an individual professional

These 5 awards look to celebrate excellent practice carried out by UK-based individual professionals in the field of autism. Entries are welcomed from individuals wishing to recognise their colleagues’ efforts, from managers nominating a member of their team, and from autistic people who use the service or their parents or carers.  Individuals cannot nominate themselves for an award.

The Award for Achievement by an Individual Education Professional
(includes teachers, TAs)

 

This award recognises an exceptional professional contribution made by an individual working in the field of education for autistic people. The award recipient will have a demonstrable record of professional excellence in their chosen discipline, making a difference to the lives of the people they teach. Nominations should be supported by practical examples, where possible. Nominees are welcome across the education sector.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Kindly sponsored by Pulse Community Healthcare, this very special category highlights the work undertaken over a lifetime in the field of autism by an individual professional who has demonstrated a commitment, passion and selflessness to delivering quality care for autistic people. 

Not open for nomination

 

Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual on the Autism Spectrum

 

This special category celebrates the achievements of an individual professional who is on the autism spectrum and who has demonstrated commitment, passion and exceptional encouragement and support for other autistic people.  Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding contribution to the lives of autistic people and/or to the cause of autism in general.  Entries are welcomed for nominees from all types of professional background, whether delivering training or as a speaker, author, advocate or other type of professional.

 

Award for Most Inspirational Volunteer

 

Kindly sponsored by Room to Reward, this award recognises the exceptional contribution made by an individual who works as a volunteer with autistic people. The award recipient will have demonstrated an incredible amount of commitment and passion, making a huge difference to the lives of the people they volunteer with. Nominees must not receive payment for the work that they are being nominated for.

 

Award for Outstanding Healthcare and / or Social Care Professional

 

This award recognises a healthcare and / or Social Care professional who has made an exceptional contribution to the lives of autistic people. The award recipient will have a demonstrable record of professional excellence in their chosen discipline, making a real difference to the lives of the people they care for. Nominations are open across the healthcare and social care sector.

 

 

 

Team awards

These 7 Awards look to reward UK-based teams or organisations of all sizes and at all levels who are leading the way in the provision of services for autistic people.  Any individual, community organisation, professional organisation or similar group, colleague or service provider can nominate another team or organisation for an award.  Teams or organisations are also welcome to nominate themselves. Autistic people, their families, carers and friends are particularly encouraged to make nominations.

Award for Inspirational Education Provision - Primary Schools


This award seeks to recognise and reward a team or organisation that has taken a fresh approach to learning and development in a primary educational setting. Judges will be keen to see evidence of how the nominees have used their innovation and creativity to inspire the people they support. Entries are invited from primary schools of all types, including mainstream, specialist or academies.

 

Award for Inspirational Education Provision - Higher & Further Education and other education providers

 

This award seeks to recognise and reward a team or organisation that has taken a fresh approach to learning and development in a secondary or post-16 educational setting and within education. Judges will be keen to see evidence of how the nominees have used their innovation and creativity to inspire the people they support. Nominations should be supported by practical examples, where possible. Entries are invited from secondary schools and post-16 educational establishments of all types, whether mainstream, specialist or academies and other educational establishments, such as adult learning providers and services that build capacity

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Award for Outstanding Adult Services


This award seeks to recognise and reward a team or organisation that has made a significant contribution to improving adult services and/or the quality of life for autistic adults. Judges will be looking for evidence of how nominee(s) have used their innovation and creativity to improve the services they offer to adults with autism. Nominations should be supported by practical examples, where possible. This category is open to entries from teams or organisations. For-profit companies and public or not-for-profit organisations are eligible.

 

Award for Outstanding Health Services


This award seeks to recognise and reward outstanding examples of clinical and/or medical practice by a team or organisation. Judges will be keen to see evidence of where best practice has positively impacted on patient treatment and care. Nominations should be supported by practical examples, where possible. This category is open to entries from teams or organisations. For-profit companies and public or not-for-profit organisations are eligible.

Award for Innovative Family Support

 

This award seeks to recognise and reward a team or organisation that has made a significant contribution to improving the way they support the families of autistic people. Judges will be looking for evidence of how nominee(s) have used their innovation and creativity to improve the services they offer to families. Nominations should be supported by practical examples, where possible. This category is open to entries from teams or organisations. For-profit companies and public or not-for-profit organisations are eligible.

 

Award for Most Supportive Employer


This award seeks to recognise and reward a team or organisation that has made a significant contribution towards supporting autistic people in employment. Judges will be looking for evidence of how nominee(s) have used their services to create respectful, equal and accessible work environments for autistic people. Nominations should be supported by practical examples, where possible. This category is open to entries from teams or organisations. For profit companies and public or not-for-profit organisations are eligible.

 

Award for Most Creative Community Project


This award seeks to recognise creative non-profit making enterprises or projects that have made a big impact for autistic people within their local communities. Only projects which have received external funding of less than £5000 from grants, trusts or other governmental subsidies or payments are eligible for this award. Monies that have been raised through the project's own community fundraising activities are not included within this funding cap. Only not-for-profit or charitable enterprises or projects are eligible for this award.