James was recognised for her media work and novel ‘Odd Girl Out’.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley in recognition of her commitment to improving the lives of autistic people through her foundation.
Hosts Jane Asher and Kate Fox handed out 15 awards to individuals and teams involved in education, health, social care, employment, community projects and volunteering.
The winners were chosen by an independent panel of 10 autism experts who judged each nomination on their innovation, creativity, impact and sustainability.
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