Anna Kennedy from Hillingdon was at Buckingham Palace to receive an OBE from the Queen for her campaigning work to help her two children, one has autism, the other has Asperger's Syndrome.
She had also helped other youngsters with those conditions.
As part of her work over the years she has opened her own school.
More top news
After his arrest, Apopei described his girlfriend as "a witch" and paced around his cell ranting about devil worship.
Controversial police chief Cressida Dick was today named Scotland Yard's first woman Commissioner.
Police accidentally sent letters to seven people killed in the Croydon tram crash, inviting them to a survivors meeting.