How to Nominate

> Step 1 - Select your award(s)

Nominations must be submitted through our online system. Once you have decided which awards you would like to enter, you can click on the award(s) of your choice and follow the instructions.

> Step 2 - Read about tips and regulations

To give your nomination(s) the best of chances to be selected, take a look at our guidelines and tips, as well as our criteria.


> Step 3 - Prepare your nomination

Preparing your entry on a separate document in advance will help you to put together a strong application but also prevent the system from timing out before you.

No hard copy entries will be accepted.


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.

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 nominations

 

Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual on the Autistic 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 people with autism.

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 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 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.

 

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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.  

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. People with autism, their families, carers and friends are particularly encouraged to make nominations.
Entries are welcomed from individuals wishing to recognise their colleagues’ efforts, from managers nominating a member of their team, and from people with autism who use the service or their parents or carers.  Individuals cannot nominate themselves for an award.