2015 Award Nominations Open

Each year, the Autism Society presents a number of awards to individuals and organizations in recognition of their commitment to the autism community. Award winners are announced each year at the Autism Society’s National Conference and Exposition. Nominees should exemplify positive impact on the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Autism Society Award Eligibility Guidelines
1. Eligibility:

  • Only Autism Society members or affiliates in good standing may submit nominations. It is also recommended, but not required, that nominees be Autism Society members.
  • All nominations (except where noted) must pertain to accomplishments occurring during the previous calendar year.
  • Current members of the Autism Society Board of Directors and staff members of the Autism Society are ineligible to receive an award but can still nominate.
  • Individuals, organizations or products that have won an Autism Society award are not eligible in the category in which they have previously won.
  • You cannot self-nominate.
  • Voting members of the Autism Society Awards Committee are prohibited from making a nomination.
  • The Autism Society will only administer one award to an individual or group within a given calendar year.
  • Guidelines apply to all Autism Society Awards.

2. Each nomination must include at least one electronic or two hard copies of the following materials.  ALL ITEMS ARE REQUIRED:

  • A cover page with the name of the nominee, address, day phone number, email address, and the award for which they are being nominated; and the name, address, day phone number, and e-mail address of the Autism Society member making the nomination.
  • An essay (500 words maximum) by the Autism Society member making the nomination, stating a) why the nominee deserves this award and b) the nominee’s significant contribution to autism.
  • Nominations in the Media Excellence and Outstanding Literary categories must include two copies of the work being nominated (e.g. the book, video, or DVD).
  • All award submissions, including all materials (books, videos, etc.), will not be returned.

3. Please clearly label on each item submitted the name of the person being nominated and the award category.

4. The Autism Awards Committee evaluates all nominations and selects winners for each category.

A winner is not necessarily chosen from all categories. All winners will be notified no later than July 1, 2015, and will be recognized at the Autism Society’s 46th National Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Denver Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, on July 8-11, 2015. Winners of Autism Society Awards will receive a one-day complimentary registration for the day of the award presentation.

Click here to obtain a nomination form. Specify your award category and send to conference@autism-society.org or mail to:

Autism Society
4340 East West Highway, Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20814
Attention: 2015 Autism Society Awards

All materials must be received no later than June 1, 2015.  The Autism Society will not be responsible for late, damaged, or misdirected submissions.

2015 Autism Award Categories

Autism Society Volunteer of the Year
An award presented to an individual volunteer whose work has positively influenced the lives of individuals with ASD, their families, and/or professionals addressing autism in his or her community or nationally.

Autism Society Audrey I. Horne Memorial Award
Given to an individual or organization that has made an enduring contribution to improving adult services and the quality of life for those individuals living with ASD.

Dr. Temple Grandin Outstanding Literary Work of the Year
A literary item published that positively affects the life of an individual or family member impacted by autism. Criteria: Literary item must have been published within the last year five years—January 1, 2010 or later is eligible.

Dr. Cathy Pratt Autism Professional of the Year
Awarded to a professional who has made a significant contribution in the autism field. Someone who has demonstrated an outstanding accomplishment in terms of contributing to the life/lives of individual(s) with ASD.

Outstanding Advocate of the Year
An individual with ASD who has advanced the well-being of others on the spectrum. Criteria: Demonstration of exceptional dedication, effort or achievement. Areas to be considered can include, but should not necessarily be limited to: academics, the arts, athletics, community service, employment, extracurricular activities, transition or independent living, or public policy or systems change efforts.

Adam Heavner Memorial Award for Employer of the Year:
Presented to an organization or company that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the advancement, effective transition or meaningful employment of individuals with ASD.

Outstanding Research of the Year:
Presented to an individual or organization who has provided the autism community with meaningful progress and advancement in the field of applied research.