“ 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

The Awards Ceremony- Harrogate International Centre 7 March 2017

Join us to celebrate the outstanding contributions and achievements of our finalists!

The Awards will be presented to our winners at a prestigious Awards Dinner held on the first night of the National Autistic Society’s Professional Conference.

Book your place here.

Our host for the evening
Sarah Hendrickx





Ceremony schedule

18.30 Networking drinks reception kindly sponsored by Axcis Education Recruitment

19.30 Dinner

19.45 Welcome address, Mark Lever, Chief Executive

20.45 Awards ceremony hosted by Sarah Hendrickx

21.00 Team awards and Accreditation excellence award
Celebrating teams of all sizes and levels who are leading the way in the provision of services for people with autism.

21.30 Entertainment - TBC

21.45 Individual awards 
Celebrating excellent practice carried out by UK-based individual professionals in the field of autism.

Dress code: Smart formal

We look forward to welcoming you to the celebratory ceremony on 7th March.

Book your place here.


Sarah Hendrickx

Sarah is an independent specialist consultant, trainer and coach in Autism Spectrum Conditions. She is also autistic. She has delivered over 1000 autism training workshops to all types of professionals from educators and care providers to counsellors and lawyers and speaks at conferences worldwide. She has particular interests in girls and women on the Autism Spectrum, sex and relationships, employment and on the impact of anxiety on autistic people. Her YouTube recording on Autism and Anxiety has received over 38,000 views.

Sarah is autistic with a late diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome in her 40s. She has a lifetime of personal experience of anxiety, its mental and physical impact and how to live with it. Sarah works with children, young people, adults and families to support autistic individuals to live well within a world that doesn’t make any sense.

Sarah has an MA in Autism and is a member of the National Autistic Society Accreditation Standards Panel, National Autistic Society Professional Conference Editorial Board and Specialist Post 16 Adviser to the Autism Education Trust (AET). She has lectured for the PGC in Asperger Syndrome course for Sheffield Hallam University. She currently works with UK Government supporting autistic civil service employees and also with schools and colleges to support autistic children and young people.

Sarah has written 6 books on Asperger syndrome and related conditions on employment, sex and relationships, alcoholism, girls and women on the Autism Spectrum and also on the adult neuro-diversity spectrum. She was featured in a BBC Horizon documentary on autism and in a number of national magazines.

Sarah’s partner, son and various other members of her family also have Autism Spectrum diagnoses.