City autism lecturer scoops two awards

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A Sheffield lecturer has scooped two top prizes at the UK Autism Hero Awards.

Dr Luke Beardon, from Sheffield Hallam University’s Autism Centre - which is dedicated to developing and sharing knowledge about autism - took home both the Professional and Lifetime Achievement awards at the recent awards ceremony, organised by the Anna Kennedy Online Charity.

Dr Beardon said: “When I found out I had been nominated I was absolutely delighted. Working at The Autism Centre, now for fifteen years, along with my career before that at The National Autistic Society, has been an ongoing learning curve that I hope lasts for many years to come.

“It was a wonderful experience to be a part of the awards event and to see the extraordinary work being done across the country, and to see individuals and organisations being recognised for their efforts. I hope to continue to contribute to the autism community.”

The Autism Hero Awards were created to showcase the excellence taking place in the world of autism, whilst also celebrating the achievements and enhancing autism awareness and acceptance within society.