Nominations now open for Autism Spectrum Australia's Recognition Awards 2017
Celebrating the achievements of people within the autism community
Do you know someone who is a different brilliant?
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is seeking nominations for individuals or organisations who see, hear, understand or approach things in an inspired way. Nominate a friend, a colleague, a parent, a child, an organisation, and let them know that what they are doing is truly amazing.
This year, the judges are preparing for another inspiring year of nominations across the five categories. The categories are designed to recognise parents, volunteers, professionals, organisations and individuals for outstanding contributions to the field of autism.
The categories are:
1. Inspiration Award for Individual Achievement
- youth (up to 21)
- adult (21+)
- a person who identifies as being on the autism spectrum
- significant achievement in their own personal context
- an inspiration to other people on the autism spectrum
- in any area of endeavour (arts, business, community service, sport etc)
2. Parent/Carer of the Year Award
- parent or carer of a person on the autism spectrum
- significant contribution to the family, community or autism community generally
- an inspirational role model for other parents or carers
- contribution in increasing awareness or understanding of autism
3. David Foster Appreciation Award
- demonstrated exceptional commitment to volunteering by helping with ongoing activities or special projects in the autism community
- demonstrated exemplary cooperation, consistency and hard work in their service to others in the autism community
- outstanding contribution to community or state through volunteer service in the autism community
4. Above and Beyond Award
- individual or organisation
- significant contribution to the autism community
- contribution may be in the form of financial value or in-kind commitment to improving the lives of people impacted by autism
- an inspirational model for the community at large
5. Advancement Award
- a project developed for the autism community in technology, research, arts, practice or other social and cultural purpose.
- addresses an important issue or a critical barrier to progress in the field of autism (significance)
- challenges and seeks to shift current practice paradigms through novel concepts, approaches, instrumentation or interventions (innovation)
- demonstrates leading practice elements, successes and positive outcomes for the autism community that distinguish the approach from others or that could be replicated by others (impact)
The Awards will be judged by a combination of industry experts and individuals with personal experience of autism, including an adult on the autism spectrum, a parent of person on the spectrum, an Aspect Board member, an autism expert and an Aspect National Director.
Do you know someone who qualifies? To register your nomination, click here. Please forward this link to anyone you think might like to nominate or be nominated for these prestigious Awards.
Nominations close Monday 27th February 2017 at 12 midnight.