Steps is proud to announce the Neurodiversity at Work Research Centre (NWRC) has been presented with an award by the UK-based National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen). The NWRC scooped top prize in the International Provision of the Year category.

16 schools, individuals and organisations were recognised at the awards for their outstanding work to ensure that children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and learning differences can reach their full potential.

Steps and Sasin School of Management established the NWRC in 2023 as Southeast Asia’s first ever research centre dedicated to understanding neurodiversity in the workplace. It is a centre of innovation, generating guidelines, toolkits and research to identify the barriers to workplace inclusion in Thailand and empower businesses to move towards employing neurodivergent people and those with disabilities.

Chief Executive of nasen, Annamarie Hassall MBE, said: “All our winners, and those nominated, are true role models, shaping practice in their setting, whilst leading and inspiring others. They exemplify what is making a difference for learners with SEND and most of all, for inclusion. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our judges, sponsors, and media partner for helping us celebrate these truly remarkable individuals, teams and organisations.”

Max Simpson, Founder of Steps and the NWRC, said: “It is incredible to see the work of the NWRC recognised in its first year of operation. We have already made great strides towards understanding the barriers faced by neurodivergent people trying to access work, but by raising awareness of what we are trying to do, this nasen award has bought us closer to engaging with the partners we need to reach. Thanks to the award sponsors, especially IDL who sponsored our category, for all you do.”

Dr. Drew Mallory, Director of Research at the NWRC, also commented: “Through our partnership on academic research, Sasin and Steps have managed to accelerate and expand the important awareness-raising and attitude-changing efforts that Steps has been working on for many years. Sasin is proud to be elevating a platform for neurodivergent people while helping organizations find meaningful ways to employ them. Recognition like the nasen award elevates the profile of the NWRC’s work – but more importantly, it elevates the profiles of the people we work with.”

The ceremony took place at the Grand Hotel Birmingham on Friday (6th October 2023), and was hosted by nasen and supported by official media sponsors, tes. nasen is a charitable membership organisation that exists to support and champion those working with, and for, children and young people with SEND and learning differences.

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You can view the full list of Nasen award winners here.