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Finalists announced for Autism Professionals Awards


The finalists of the 2016 Autism Professionals Awards were announced on Wednesday 20th January.

The Autism Professionals Awards are organised by the National Autistic Society and seek to ‘acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to improving the lives of autistic people’.

Congratulations to the finalists from ASDAN centres:

  • The Cherrywood Centre, Benfield School, Newcastle upon Tyne (nominated for the Award for Inspirational Education Provision – Secondary and over 16)
  • Progress Care and Education, Lancashire (nominated for the Autism Accreditaton Excellence Award)
  • Adele Devine from Portesbery School, Surrey (nominated for Axcis Award for Achievement by an Individual Education Professional)

Janice March, Cherrywood Centre Manager, said: "Team Cherrywood are all extremely happy and excited at being shortlisted for the 2016 Autism Professionals Award for Inspirational Education Provision – Secondary and over 16.

At Cherrywood, our students follow a highly individualised curriculum based on need. As part of this all students take part in ASDAN lessons and access a variety of courses including New Horizons, the PSHE Short Course and Entry level PSD qualifications. We find these courses very useful in supporting the delivery of social and life skills that are so important for our learners. Students also have access to speech and language therapy, rebound therapy and mindfulness."

Adele Devine, nominated for the Axcis Award for Achievement by an Individual Education Professional, said: “Knowing so many amazing education professionals going that extra mile on a daily basis I am truly honoured to be one of the three finalists for the National Autistic Society Education Professional Award. I am thankful to work in a school where innovation and creativity are embraced, where the staff are so dedicated and the students are such inspirational teacher teachers.”

The Awards will be presented to the 13 winners at a prestigious Awards Dinner held on the first night of The National Autistic Society’s Professionals Conference in Telford on Tuesday 1st March.

For more information about the awards, please visit the National Autistic Society website.