Autism East Midlands and Brain in Hand team collecting the Charity Times Award
Autism East Midlands has won the Charity Times Award for Best Use of Technology. Our use of ‘Brain in Hand’ has been selected from hundreds of entries from across the charity sector as it has successfully helped to transform the lives of our service users and their families, delivering significant operational improvements.
Implementing Brain in Hand as part of a Positive Behaviour Support programme across Autism East Midlands has changed the nature of incidents and the strategies used to support individuals. The length and severity of interventions have decreased and requirement for restraint has reduced. This has enabled staff to focus more time on proactive and positive development activities.
The steps towards independence amongst our service users have also been outstanding. Some individuals have started using public transport for the first time, it has helped those attending work and seen increased communication with staff.
Talking of the award, Jane Howson, Chief Executive Officer said: “We are delighted to win such a prestigious award. Recognition of the results we have seen is extremely encouraging and we look forward to an exciting future where Brain in Hand continues to help us to advance our support.”
Mair Dyer, Director of Adult Services, collected the award last night adds, “Autism East Midlands are delighted to have been recognised for our use of technology which directly supports improved outcomes for our service users and staff. The ability to put choice and control into the hands of individuals is a very proactive way to work and winning this award acknowledges the determination and increased aspirations of both our staff teams and the people with whom they work, all thanks to Brain in Hand.”
David Fry, CEO Brain in Hand added: “Autism East Midlands introduced our technology, not for technology’s sake, but to enable real change to improve the lives of its service users and their families. It worked with us to ensure the technology was introduced effectively and spotted new and innovative ways the technology can be used. We are delighted this effort has been praised.”
The Charity Times Awards continue to be the pre-eminent celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. Now in their 17th year, the awards are run by Charity Times Magazine – the leading title for UK non-profit professionals.