Autism Society of Texas Board President, Ann Hart has been recognized for a Legend Award by Recognize Good! She will be receiving the award on Friday, August 30th at noon in Central Austin. Scott Badesch, the Autism Society of America President & CEO will be in attendance, and we’d love to have lots of you there to celebrate Ann’s volunteer work!
Ann Hart has volunteered in the autism community for 30 years, giving countless hours to impact
thousands of families through Autism Society of Texas.
Ann Hart has been a core part of the Autism Society of Texas for over 25 years. For the first 20 years the
organization was entirely run by volunteers and has been able to positively impact thousands of parents in need
of educational resources and support. Suzanne Potts, former Executive Director, gushes about Ann. “We COULD
NOT operate without her! She’s a really phenomenal volunteer – there’s no part of the organization that she
doesn’t know or have an impact on and she single-handedly speaks with every person with autism who calls in.”
The time Ann has dedicated to the organization has grown little by little, until she essentially served as full-time
unpaid staff doing just about everything for several years.
As head of the Advocacy Committee she is heavily involved with monitoring and contributing to the Texas
Legislature, whenever issues come up which will impact the autism community – which is often. Ann has been a
great resource for advising on Legislative issues because she’s been around for so long that she very often will
know a lot of background and history surrounding issues or at least knows who to call for more information. She
has been very involved with the national-level organization, the Autism Society of America, and has even testified
at the Texas Capitol in support of relevant legislature helping improve quality of life at every stage for those with
autism as well as for their families.