“ 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 6 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 Axcis 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

 

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
sponsored by Network Autism

 

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

 

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 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.

 

Award for Most Inspirational Social Care Professional -

 

This award recognises a 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 social care sector.

 

 

 

Team awards

These 8 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 - Schools


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

 

Award for Inspirational Education Provision - Higher and further education


This award seeks to recognise and reward a team or organisation that has taken a fresh approach to learning and development in a further or higher education setting. 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 higher and further educational establishments of all types, whether mainstream, specialist or academies.

 

Award for Inspirational Education Provision - Other education providers


This award seeks to recognise and reward a team or organisation that has taken a fresh approach to learning and development 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 educational establishments who do not fall into the schools’ awards categories (see above), such as adult learning providers and services that build capacity.

 

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 adults on the autism spectrum. Judges will be looking for evidence of how nominee(s) have used their innovation and creativity to improve the services they offer to adults on the autism spectrum. 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 gaining employment through training and/ or apprenticeships or towards supporting autistic people whilst in employment.

 

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 not-for-profit or charitable enterprises or projects are eligible for this award.

 

 

Autism Accreditation Excellence Award

This Award seeks to recognise accredited schools and services which are putting in exceptional levels of extra care and effort.  Every year a large number of schools and services register to be granted accreditation status with the Autism Accreditation Service.  As part of the decision-making process, the independent panel can issue a formal commendation for ideas and practice which they feel are particularly original or well delivered.  Schools and services who have received a commendation will be put forward as nominees for this Award.

Judges will be looking for evidence of originality, creativity and achieving really good outcomes for individuals.  They will also be looking for schools and services that are willing to try new things, which may or may not have worked, but which were worth trying. 

This Award is not open to nominations.  Only schools and services who have received a formal commendation during the accreditation process will be put forward as nominees for the Award.