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The National Autistic Society wants to find exceptional people, schools and services making a huge difference to autistic children, adults and their family. If you know anyone like this, please nominate them for our eighth annual Autism Professionals Awards.

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The 2020 awards will have two new categories: ‘Most impactful researcher’ and ‘Someone who changed my life’. The awards ceremony will take place in Birmingham on 27 February, alongside our Professional Conference.

The awards were set up in 2013 to recognise and promote innovative autism practice, and to inspire organisations and other individuals to make a difference.

There are 13 awards for individuals and organisations, covering education, health care, social care, employment, and volunteering. The deadline for nominations is Friday 25 October 2019.

An independent panel of autism specialists will judge the nominations and will be looking for innovation and creativity, evidence and sustainability. The shortlist of finalists will be announced in January 2020, ahead of the awards ceremony a month later.

Carol Povey, Director of the National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism, said: “We want to find the unsung heroes working hard to improve the lives of autistic children and adults.

It could be an inspirational teacher, a brilliant nurse or doctor, a forward thinking employer or someone who volunteers their time to support others. If any readers know any people or organisations like this, please nominate them for Autism Professionals Awards.

“We’ve had so many truly inspirational winners during the seven years we’ve been running the awards – handing out 85 awards in this time. We can’t wait to celebrate the achievements of our 2020 finalists and winners, so we can improve understanding of autism - and inspire others to do their bit to create a society that works for autistic people.”

Further information

Read more about the awards and submit a nomination by visiting the Professionals Awards page.

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