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Nominations open for 15th annual Aspect Recognition Awards

17 February 2021

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Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is seeking nominations of individuals or organisations who see, hear, understand or approach things in an inspirational and diverse way for its annual Aspect Recognition Awards.

The awards showcase the incredible achievements and talents of individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as parents, carers, professionals, businesses and volunteers who are working to make Australia more autism-friendly.

“With the growing awareness in Australia about autism, most of us either know a person on the autism spectrum or are actively involved in the autism community. Year after year, I am humbled by the amazing number of people endeavouring to support, and advocate for the Autistic community. With the Aspect Recognition Awards, we have a chance to celebrate these champions and thank them for their contribution,” says Jacqui Borland, CEO of Aspect.

Nominations for the 2021 Aspect Recognition Awards are now open, and close on 1 March. This year sees the addition of two new categories: Autism Friendly Achievement Award and ARCAP (Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice) Research Award.

The Autism Friendly Achievement Award will recognise the significant achievement of an individual or organisation that is creating a more inclusive and autism friendly world, while the ARCAP Research Award acknowledges research that has resulted in respectful, effective autism practice that supports Autistic people to realise their goals and aspirations.

The other categories include:

  • A different brilliant® - Youth Award - recognising an Autistic individual under the age of 21 who has made a significant achievement and is an inspiration to other people with autism.
  • A different brilliant® - Adult Award - honouring an Autistic individual over 21 years of age who has made a significant achievement, inspiring others in any area of endeavour, such as the arts, business, community service, or sport.
  • Parent/Carer of the Year Award – applauding the contribution to family, or the autism community, or is an inspiring role model for other parents and carers.
  • David Foster Appreciation Award - recognising significant volunteer work supporting the autism community.
  • Autism Community Award – honouring an outstanding contribution by an individual or organisation in promoting a better understanding of autism and/or Autistic people within their community.

This year’s ceremony will be held in-person and online on Thursday, 8 April at 7pm. Aspect’s patron, John Doyle AM, award-winning Australian actor, writer, radio presenter and comedian will MC the award ceremony.

“We’re excited to be presenting the annual awards online this year, as it allows more employees, supporters and the autism community to join us in acknowledging the achievements of these remarkable individuals and organisations,” concludes Borland.

Do you know someone who qualifies? To submit a nomination for the 2021 Aspect Recognition Awards, visit and complete the online form.

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