Autism Professionals Awards 2020

27 February 2020, Birmingham

 
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We welcome entries 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.

Achievement by an Individual Education Professional

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.

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.

Most Inspirational Volunteer

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.

Outstanding Healthcare Professional

This award recognises a healthcare 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 sector.

Lifetime Achievement Award

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 (this award is not open for nomination).

Someone who 'changed my life'

This award recognises an exceptional professional or volunteer who ‘changed the life’ of an autistic person. We are looking for an individual who transformed the person’s life and helped them achieve the very best they can. Nominations should be supported by examples of things that have changed as a result of the support received. Only autistic individuals or families are eligible to nominate for this award.


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.

Inspirational Education Provision – primary and younger

This award seeks to recognise and reward a team or organisation that has taken a fresh approach to learning and development in an early years or 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 and early years of all types, including mainstream, specialist or academies.

Inspirational Education Provision - secondary and further

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.

Outstanding Adult or Children’s Services - health or social care

This award seeks to recognise and reward a team or organisation that has made a significant contribution to improving adult or children’s services and/or the quality of life for autistic children or 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 or children 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.

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.

Outstanding 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.

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.

Most Impactful Researcher

This award seeks to recognise and reward outstanding research by an individual researcher or research team. Judges will be keen to see evidence of quality methodology, meaningful autistic participation, and relevance to the autistic community. The research should demonstrate potential to improve lives and/or influence practice. Nominations should be supported by examples of the researcher/team making positive change. Nominees are welcome across the research sector. Please note this award is open for nomination on Monday 12 August.