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2018 winners

We are proud to announce the finalists of our 2019 Autism Professionals Awards (scroll down this story to read the full list).

Our annual awards recognise and celebrate people, services and schools helping to create a society that works for autistic people and their families. There are 33 finalists across 11 award categories covering education, health, social care, employment, and volunteering.

They were shortlisted by an independent panel of autism specialists, who were looking for innovation, creativity, impact and sustainability. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on 7 March 2019 in Birmingham after the first day of our 10th anniversary Autism Professionals Conference.

By celebrating the achievements of the finalists and eventual winners, we hope to increase public understanding of autism and inspire other people and organisations to make a difference too.

One of the most important categories is Achievement by an Individual on the Autism Spectrum. This year’s finalists are: Alis Rowe, founder of the Curly Hair Project; Chris Bonnello, a writer, tutor and international speaker who runs Autistic not weird; and Nathaniel Hawley, a successful business leader, social entrepreneur & trustee of multiple charities.

Carol Povey, Director of the National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism, said: “We run the Autism Professionals Awards each year to recognise and celebrate the people, projects and organisations doing amazing things for autistic children, adults, or their families.

“All the finalists should be commended for impressing the judges and standing out among so many impressive nominations.

By celebrating their achievements, we hope to improve public understanding of autism and inspire other people and organisations to make a difference too.

The full list of finalists is:

Awards for individual professionals

Most Inspirational Volunteer, sponsored by Room to Reward

  • Elaine Nicholson
  • Jessica Tandy
  • Ryan Bardsley
  • Achievement by an Individual Education Professional

  • Lynda Evans
  • Jonathan Baron
  • Julie Dalton
  • Outstanding Achievement by an Individual on the Autism Spectrum

  • Alis Rowe
  • Chris Bonnello
  • Nathaniel Hawley
  • Outstanding Healthcare and/or Social Care Professional

  • Dr Gloria Dura-Vila
  • Sally Fitzpatrick
  • Sue Hatton
  • Awards for teams

    Inspirational Education Provision - Primary schools & Early Years

  • Linn Preschool Assessment and Development Centre Staff Team
  • Little Learners
  • St Anthony's
  • Inspirational Education Provision - Higher and Further Education and other education providers

  • Joseph Paxton Campus
  • LAMP
  • The Holmewood Sixth Form
  • Outstanding Adult or Children's Services

  • Founders House Service
  • The Inclusion Project Area Managers
  • Wigan Adult Autism Partnership Board
  • Outstanding Health Services, sponsored by Axia

  • Sleep Tight Trafford
  • The Northdale Centre
  • Trust-wide autism project team
  • Innovative Family Support

  • Clifford Chance LLP and the National Autistic Society
  • Trinity School, Rochester
  • Most Supportive Employer

  • Autism Exchange with the Civil Service
  • P&G Neuro Diversity Team
  • Waitrose High Wycombe
  • Most Creative Community Project

  • Act for Autism
  • Books in the Nick
  • Community Rail Lancashire

    You can read more about the finalists and why they’ve been shortlisted on our dedicated Autism Professionals Awards website.


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