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Autism East Midlands has won the Charity Times Award for Best Use of Technology.  Its use of Brain in Hand has been selected from hundreds of entries from across the charity sector as it has successfully helped to transform the lives of its service users and their families, delivering significant operational improvements.

Implementing Brain in Hand as part of a Positive Behaviour Support programme across Autism East Midlands has changed the nature of incidents and the strategies used to support individuals.  The length and severity of interventions have decreased and requirement for restraint has reduced.  This has enabled staff to focus more time on proactive and positive development activities.

The steps towards independence amongst service users have also been outstanding. Some individuals have started using public transport for the first time, it has helped those attending work and seen increased communication with staff.

Talking of the award, Jane Howson, Chief Executive Officer, said:

“We are delighted to win such a prestigious award.  Recognition of the results we have seen is extremely encouraging and we look forward to an exciting future where Brain in Hand continues to help us to advance our support.”

Mair Dyer Director of Adult Services collected the award last night and adds:

“Autism East Midlands are delighted to have been recognised for our use of technology which directly supports improved outcomes for our service users and staff. The ability to put choice and control into the hands of individuals is a very proactive way to work and winning this award acknowledges the determination and increased aspirations of both our staff teams and the people with whom they work, all thanks to Brain in Hand” 

David Fry, CEO, Brain in Hand added:

“Autism East Midlands introduced our technology, not for technology’s sake, but to enable real change to improve the lives of its service users and their families.  It worked with us to ensure the technology was introduced effectively and spotted new and innovative ways the technology can be used.  We are delighted this effort has been praised.”

The Charity Times Awards continue to be the pre-eminent celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. Now in their 17th year, the awards are run by Charity Times Magazine – the leading title for UK non-profit professionals.

To find out more about how Autism East Midlands introduced Brain in Hand and the impact it has made, please read our case study.

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  • Brain in Hand has helped me to solve all sorts of problems by myself, which has really built my confidence. For example, I have an issue with eye contact when I talk with friends. To solve this, I plan in advance what I can say to a person, which is something I put into my Brain in Hand.

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  • I wish that there had been something like this when I was a headteacher of a challenging school for those individuals who were either autistic or suffered from anxiety. It would have added another level of support.

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  • “We can use Brain in Hand to help people to achieve those outcomes and use the data from the system to demonstrate this: You put the same things into Brain in Hand that are being measured by the council.”

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