GlaxoSmithKline Impact Award

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In 2008, Autism NI were national winners of The King's Fund and GlaxoSmithKline Impact Award which was held in the National Gallery in London.

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The annual GlaxoSmithKline Impact Awards are run in partnership with the King's Fund to recognise and promote excellence in community healthcare. Autism NI was one of 10 charities from across the UK to be honoured with the Award. Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the King's Fund, commented, "Autism NI is a genuine trailblazer - it provides invaluable support to families with young children from the time when they are awaiting diagnosis to pre school training. It knows that early intervention is vital for children with Autism and has worked tirelessly to ensure these families get the attention and support they need."

Dr Arlene Cassidy MBE (Former CEO Autism NI) expressed her deep pride in the charity's impact and work locally, "The Award selection is on the basis of excellence in the areas of Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community Focus and Targeting Need. We see this as a vital endorsement and a critical phase in the development of Autism as an effective partner with government to address the crisis regarding the lack of services for people with Autism."