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Autism Society of Texas wins National Autism Award
Austin, TX July 14, 2017, On Friday, July 14, the Autism Society of Texas was thrilled to receive the 2017 Affiliate of the Year award at the national Autism Society of America (ASA) conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chosen out of a field of 90 national affiliates, the Autism Society of Texas was honored with the award in front of hundreds of attendees, self-advocates, and ASA board members at their national conference. The Autism Society Affiliate of the Year is presented to an Autism Society affiliate that has effectively worked together to use its resources and members to positively influence the quality of life of individuals, parents and professionals coping with autism in their community.
“We are so delighted to recognize the Autism Society of Texas as the 2017 recipient as the Autism Society affiliate of the year. The Autism Society of Texas volunteers and staff represent the best in caring, passion and are shining examples of all that is good.” Scott Badesch, President and CEO, Autism Society of America.
As one of over 90 local affiliates, the Autism Society of Texas has supported families and individuals with autism for over 27 years here in Texas and is dedicated to improving lives in our community through a series of services and supports. The Autism Society of Texas includes three area Chapters in El Paso, Houston and San Antonio, and is proud of our programs and initiatives and the contributions we make to our community:
- Information and Referrals
- Education and Training
- Community inclusion
The Autism Society is the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization. Founded in 1965, the Autism Society and its national network of local affiliates is dedicated to improving the lives of those living with autism, supporting families and communities, and ensuring that individuals lead lives that include acceptance, dignity, and independence to the greatest extent possible.
- Approximately one percent of the world’s population has autism.
- The annual costs of autism are estimated to be $236 to $252 billion dollars.
- 80% of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed.
- Over half of young adults with autism received no vocational or life skills services during their early 20s.
- There is no one known cause or cure for autism however with early interventions and treatment, people with autism can continue to make positive improvements in their symptoms throughout their lives.