Sheffield autism expert up for lifetime achievement award

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A Sheffield lecturer has been shortlisted for a national award for his pioneering work to improve the public’s understanding of autism.

Dr Luke Beardon, from Sheffield Hallam University’s autism centre, is one of three finalists in the Lifetime Achievement category in The National Autistic Society’s Autism Professionals Awards 2015.

He has been working in the field of autism and Asperger syndrome for around 20 years, as a lecturer, supervisor, and advisor, as well as a practitioner providing support and consultancy to professionals working with people with the condition.

Dr Beardon’s research has been widely published and had a significant impact on the way autism is understood today.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted, honoured and humbled by the nomination. To work in this field is a privilege in itself - to be shortlisted for a Lifetime Achievement Award is an unexpected bonus.”

Carol Povey, director of the National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism, said: “The calibre, variety and sheer number of nominations we received is astounding and Luke has done remarkably well to stand out.”

Dr Beardon will find out if he has won at a ceremony in Harrogate on March 3. Others nominated in his category are Dr Jacqui Ashton-Smith, executive director of education at the National Autistic Society and independent consultant Jim Taylor.