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2019 winners

We are pleased to announce the finalists of our 2020 Autism Professionals Awards. Congratulations to the 36 people, teams and organisations who have been shortlisted. And thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. 

Our annual awards recognise people, services and schools across the UK who are making a difference to autistic people and their families. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on 27 February 2020 at Birmingham Town Hall, following the first day of our Professionals Conference.

Our finalists were shortlisted by an independent panel of autism specialists, who were looking for high standards of innovation, creativity, impact and sustainability. By celebrating their achievements, we hope to increase public understanding of autism and inspire other people and organisations to make a difference too. There are 12 awards for individuals and organisations, covering education, health, social care, employment, and volunteering.

Carol Povey, Director of the National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism, said: “Our awards celebrate exceptional people, schools and services making a huge difference to autistic children and adults, and their families.

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

“We want to celebrate their achievements and share their stories, so we can promote innovative autism practice and inspire other people and organisations to help create a society that works for autistic people."

For the full shortlist and biographies of the finalists, visit our awards website.

Here’s the full shortlist:

Awards for individuals

Achievement by an Individual Education Professional

Outstanding Achievement by an Individual on the Autism Spectrum

Most Inspirational Volunteer

Outstanding Healthcare Professional

Someone who ‘changed my life’

Awards for teams

Inspirational Education Provision - Primary and Younger

Inspirational Education Provision – Secondary and Further

Outstanding Adult or Children's Services – Health or Social Care

Innovative Family Support

Outstanding Employer

Most Creative Community Project

Most Impactful Researcher

  • Centre for Applied Autism Research, Department of Psychology, University of Bath
  • Sarah Cassidy, University of Nottingham
  • University of Edinburgh

Find out more about autism, the Autism Professionals Awards and the Professionals Conference on the Professionals section of our website.