Rita Jordan awarded prestigious lifetime achievement award for her work in autism

Professor Rita JordanRita Jordan, Emeritus Professor in Autism Studies has won an Autism Professional Award from the National Autistic Society. There are eight award categories available for nomination which recognise and reward services and professionals that lead the way in innovative autism practice and make a real difference to the lives of people with autism in the UK. As a fitting tribute to her lifelong work in the autism field, Rita was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Autistic Society’s Professional Conference in Harrogate in March 2014.

Dr Karen Guldberg nominated Rita for this award. She highlights that Rita is "an inspirational and highly respected academic and practitioner with a deep commitment to making the world a better place for people with autism. For 35 years, she has worked tirelessly to develop theory, research and write about educational practice and address the needs of individuals with autism. She was at the forefront of establishing the largest course in autism education in the world and has published numerous papers, reports and books. Rita’s work has transformed autism education in this country".

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