Co3 'Lifetime Commitment Award'
Autism NI's former CEO, Dr Arlene Cassidy MBE, was recognised at the annual CO3 awards 2016, for her work in the area of Learning Disability and her specialism in Autism which extends back over 25 years.
She has now already been honoured for her lifetime work through an honorary doctorate in 2012 and MBE in 2015. She is overwhelmed that she has earned a hat-trick by being recognised by her fellow peers within the voluntary sector too!
She won this prestigious prize specifically for her work in research, service development and taking the strategic lead in the development of an internationally acclaimed early intervention programme for Autism. She was also congratulated for ensuring social change through a community development and partnership ethos which led to the successful political lobby and implementation of the Autism Act (NI) in 2011.
Dr Cassidy comments, "I was absolutely thrilled to receive the Lifetime Commitment Award from CO3. Autism NI has came a long way over the past 25 years when Autism services were virtually non existent. Through the help of a great support team and our tireless volunteers and parents, we have made a real difference to Autism families throughout Northern Irelandand I am honored to have been a part of that. "