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Winchester families affected by autism to name their heroes
WINCHESTER families affected by autism are being invited to name their heroes.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) has just opened nominations for the second annual Autism Professionals Awards, which take place in March 2014.
There are eight categories which recognise and reward services and professionals that lead the way in autism practice and make a real difference to the lives of people with autism.
The charity wants to hear from anyone in the district who feels an organisation, teacher, doctor, psychologist or any other professional, has had a significant influence on their lives or those of their loved ones.
Carol Povey, director of the Centre for Autism, said: “Groundbreaking work is going on across the UK to help improve the lives of people with autism and it is vital that we take the time to appreciate the individuals behind this success and celebrate their efforts.”
He said: “The condition we call Autism spans such an enormous spectrum and, as such there will a great many people who touch the lives of those living with the condition.
“The professional support will be crucial but often in my experience it’s a parent or even a sibling who makes life liveable; not because it’s their job but simply because they love the person. I hope there will be a great many nominations from our district.”
The 2014 Awards will be presented at the NAS’ Professional Conference on 4 March 2014 at the Harrogate Royal Hall Theatre.
The categories are; Axcis Award for Achievement by an Individual Education Professional, Lifetime Achievement, Inspirational Education Provision, Outstanding Adult Service, Clinical Excellence, Innovative Family Support, Best New Technological Innovation, and Most Creative Community Project.
The closing date for entries is October 27, 2013. To make a nomination visit www.autismprofessionalsawards.org.uk
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