NEW YORK, NY (February 18, 2020) – The Autism Science Foundation (ASF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding innovative autism research, today announced that Scott Badesch will receive this year’s Caryn Schwartzman Spirit Award. Scott served as president of the Autism Society of America for 10 years before retiring in January, 2020. He is the father of an adult son with autism. The award, which recognizes excellence in autism research advocacy, will be presented at the seventh annual “Day of Learning” event, ASF’s science conference for the autism community, on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.
The Caryn Schwartzman Spirit Award is presented annually to family advocates
whose energy, tenacity, and commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals
with autism best emulate Caryn’s. Caryn
was a loving and dedicated mom, and a tireless advocate who worked with the
National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR), Autism Speaks, and the Autism
Science Foundation to raise money, advance autism research, and improve the
lives of children around the country.
“As ASA president, Scott paved the way for young adults like my brother
Robby to participate more fully in community activities” said Allyson
Schwartzman, 26, daughter of Caryn Schwartzman.
“I once heard him say “inclusion is not a place; it’s a mindset”; my mom would have loved that”.
“It’s truly an honor to present this award to Scott for his many years
of hard work and his unwavering commitment to autism research, treatment, and
services,” said Alison Singer, president and co-founder of the Autism Science
Foundation. “We are thrilled that he has
joined the ASF board, where he continues doing incredible work on behalf of all
Scott led his local Autism Society affiliate before joining the
national office in 2010 as Senior Vice President of Development and Operations.
He has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit organizations,
particularly in fundraising, chapter outreach, advocacy and public policy, and
transformation of organizations. Before joining the Autism Society national
office, Scott served as President and CEO of the Autism Society of North
Carolina. Other experience includes 14 years as President and CEO of the United
Way of Palm Beach County, and six years as President and CEO of the United Way
of South Carolina.
The Caryn Schwartzman Spirit Award will be presented at the Autism
Science Foundation’s “Day
of Learning” event on Wednesday, March 27, which will feature TED-style talks
by the nation’s top autism scientists. Participants
will discuss the latest developments in autism research, treatment and services
to an audience including parents, students, individuals with autism, and other
autism community stakeholders. Specific topics include robotic therapy
partners, CBD and other medication trials, and new interventions specifically for
Tickets for the “Day of Learning,” which includes breakfast, lunch, and
a dessert buffet, are available online http://bit.ly/DOL-NY2020.
Proceeds from the conference will benefit the foundation’s pre- and
post- doctoral autism fellowship programs, which support early-career research
conducted by the nation’s most promising young autism scientists.
About the Autism Science
The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Its
mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and
organizations conducting autism research. ASF also provides information about
autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism
spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by
autism. To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation or to make a donation
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