There are twelve categories in total and for each application, please do not write no more than 300 (Three hundred) words explaining why you feel that this individual or organisation should win this category for an Autism Hero Award.
1. Outstanding Education Award
This honour is for an individual who goes that extra mile to help a child/young person with Autism within an educational setting. We will be looking for an example(s) of how and why you feel this person is being nominated. Nominees falling into this category must be one of the following: Teacher, Teaching Assistants/Learning Support Assistants, Nursery Nurses, SENco/ALNcos, Head Teachers or Lunch supervisors
2. People’s Autism Hero Award
This award is for an individual who works tirelessly in a voluntary role to raise Autism Awareness here in UK and campaigns for changes in Autism Services, an individual who goes above and beyond their profession to help people with Autism and their families.
3. Sibling of the Year Award
This honour is for a brother or a sister who constantly supports their sibling with Autism in everyday life. Please note that it is not the number of nominations received for a person that counts. It is the person’s achievements/ qualities that our judges will be looking for.
4. Parent/Carer of the Year Award
This award will be presented to a parent or carer that has exceeded expectations. Please provide an example(s) of why you feel this special person is to be considered.
5. Sporting Achievement Award
This honour is for a child or adult with Autism that has exceeded expectations in a sporting achievement.
6. Personal Achievement Award
This award is for a child or adult with Autism that has exceeded their proficiency. Please provide an example(s) of how the nominee has gone beyond expectations and why you feel this special person is an admirable winner.
7. The Lifetime Award
This honour is for an individual who has worked with dedication and commitment for Autism for the past 10+ years. This person will have raised Autism Awareness and may have campaigned for changes that have helped people with Autism, their daily lives and their families.
8. Leading Business Award – for Autism friendly companies
This honour is for a company or business, that have been fully inclusive and to provide opportunities to individuals and given them a secure platform to accelerate.
9. Top Journalism Award
This recognition will be dedicated to the most inspirational, educational and poignant print, online, TV or radio news, features or blogs for raising Autism awareness using UK platforms.
10. Online Social Network Award
This merit will be presented to any group or organisation that uses an online social network for people with Autism and their families; to give opportunities for people to meet others, make friends and find support within the Autism community.
11. Outstanding Community Award
This recognises the best individual or groups that have a visionary flair. This could be singers, dancers, artists, musicians and designers that inspire the world of Autism and show individuality and talent for the most dynamic community project.
12. Healthcare Professional Award
This identifies a healthcare professional/group that have made an exceptional involvement to the lives of people with Autism. This could be a centre, or a sole specialist who have made a real difference to the individuals they care for.
Please note that it is not the number of nominations received for a person that counts.
It is the person’s achievements/ qualities that our judges will be looking for.