Scott Badesch

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Name: Scott Badesch
Designation: CEO  
Company Name: Autism Society of America
Ability to Contribute:  Scott Badesch Recently retired as the long-time CEO of Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots autism organization, Scott is one of the country’s premier experts on autism. Under his leadership at the Autism Society, Scott directed a national network of over 70 local and state affiliates that collectively served and supported close to 625,000 people a year.

Scott is passionate about ensuring that individuals with autism have the resources they need to thrive. He possesses a strong understanding of establishing stand-alone autism centers and programs at universities and how best to fund such centers. He is the past chairman of the Collaboration for Self Determination and serves as a current board member of the Autism Science Foundation.

Prior to his professional work in the autism community, Scott spent 24 years at United way, including CEO of United Way of South Carolina and CEO of United Way of Palm Beach County.

Scott holds a Master’s Degree in Social Services Administration from University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of Illinois.

Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

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