Portland College attended the prestigious Autism Hero Awards ceremony which took place at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel on 9th November, having been shortlisted for two awards; Leading Business and Lifetime Achievement.
The Autism Hero Awards showcase and celebrate the excellence taking place in the world of Autism, and increases awareness and acceptance.
We were extremely proud to be crowned Leading Business in celebration of our commitment to supporting people with Autism. On top of this wonderful accolade, Mark Morton, Positive Behaviour Support Manager at Portland College received Special Commendation for the Lifetime Award for the positive impact he has on the lives of so many people with Autism.
Winners were chosen by a panel of distinguished judges who commented on how tough their decision was, having read such compelling and inspirational nominations.
The ceremony was a real celebration of the uniqueness of people with Autism. The spectacular performances by Daniel Docherty and Liam Burgess; Stars of Autism’s Got Talent, demonstrated how a supportive environment can empower people with Autism to overcome barriers, grow in confidence and really make the best of their talents.
In 2016 we achieved accreditation through the National Autistic Society, and earlier this year we were granted Advanced Accreditation, the highest accolade possible.
We have several staff with Autism, who not only thrive in the supportive work environment we provide, but they can relate to learners, identify and overcome triggers and provide an excellent level of support based on their own understanding and experiences of Autism.
Mark Dale, Principal and Chief Executive commented, “We started our journey to excellence with our first dedicated provision for people with Autism in 2010. Over the years we have developed and grown, and trained all our staff to understand and support learners with Autism. Now we offer a vibrant, sensory rich and inclusive environment, where Autistic people can thrive alongside people with other disabilities.
I am so proud of the whole team, every member of staff works together to provide a platform where each learner and citizen has the opportunity and support to excel.”