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Thursday night saw Autism East Midlands celebrate the achievements and successes of their Service Users, Students, Staff and External Supporters at an awards ceremony held at Sutherland House School, their autism-specific school in the centre of Nottingham.

The awards ceremony, attended by 140 people including corporate supporters from Notts County Football Club, Intu, Derby University and peaksGO, saw 18 awards being handed out which included; Service User who has made the most progress towards employment, Student who has been supportive of other students, and Fundraiser of the Year.
Autism East Midlands’ Chief Executive Jane Howson, presented the awards. She said “It’s wonderful to host an evening where we can share the fantastic achievements of the children and adults we support, as well as celebrate the achievements of our incredible staff and amazing external supporters.”

This awards evening comes 50 years to the month since the birth of Autism East Midlands. In 1968 a group of parents and the renowned psychologist Elizabeth Newson formed the charity to meet the educational needs of autistic children. Over the years Autism East Midlands has grown to now support 235 adults in accommodation, flexible support and employment services, 457 children and young people in school and on flexible short breaks, and also train 1617 external professionals over the past year.

Jane Howson comments “Autism East Midlands has been supporting autistic people over the past 50 years – now is the perfect time to recognise and thank all involved in our work.”

Here is a full list of winners from Thursday Night:

Liam Smith – New Staff Member that has made the biggest difference
Whitegates & Mundy Street – Service that has taken the most innovative approach
Luke Hemstock – Service User that has made most progress towards independence
Gabriel Davenport – Student that has made the most progress
Daniel Potts – Service User that has made most progress towards employment
Luke Eccleston – Student that has been most supportive of peers
Ben Vickers – Service User who has been most supportive of peers
Group 6 (Sutherland House School) – Class that has helped students to do what they want to do
Ann Stewart – Unsung Hero Award
Rebecca Richardson – Staff Member of the Year
Liam Doherty – Student of the Year
David Bridgford – Service User of the Year
Whitegates – Service that has made the most improvement
Whitegates – Service that has made the biggest impact on reducing restrictive practice
Duncan Jones – Young Person of the Year
Sylvie Hart – Practitioner of the Year
Kelly Wright – Fundraiser of the Year
Intu – Business of the Year