2019 winners announced! 

The Autism Professionals Awards annually recognise and reward services and professionals who are leading the way in innovative autism practice and making a real difference to the lives of autistic people in the UK.

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Pat Howlin

Most Inspirational Volunteer, sponsored by Room to Reward

  • Ryan Bardsley

Achievement by an Individual Education Professional

  • Julie Dalton

Outstanding Achievement by an Individual on the Autism Spectrum

  • Chris Bonnello

Outstanding Healthcare and/or Social Care Professional

  • Sally Fitzpatrick

Awards for teams

Inspirational Education Provision - Primary Schools and Early Years

  • Little Learners

Inspirational Education Provision - Higher and Further Education and other education providers

  • LAMP

Outstanding Adult or Children's Services

  • Wigan Adult Autism Partnership Board

Outstanding Health Services, sponsored by Axia

  • Truse-wide autism project team at Tee Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Innovative Family Support

  • Clifford Chance LLP and the National Autistic Society

Most Supportive Employer

  • Waitrose High Wycombe

Most Creative Community Project

  • Community Rail Lancashire


View the highlights from the award ceremony in 2018

The Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to improving the lives of people on the autism spectrum.

There are 12 awards this year, divided into two categories:

Individual professionals

We welcome entries from individuals wishing to recognise their colleagues’ efforts, from managers nominating a member of their team, and from autistic people who use the service or their parents or carers. Individuals cannot nominate themselves for an award.

Teams of professionals

These awards 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 on the autism spectrum.

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. Autistic people, their families, carers and friends are particularly encouraged to make nominations.

Visit the Autism Professionals Awards website below to find out more.