Chattanooga Native Receives National Award From Autism Society

Friday, August 16, 2013

Chattanooga's Dave Buck was presented with the Autism Society’s 2013 “National Volunteer of the Year”. The Autism Society is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization and awards this honor "based upon volunteer commitment to helping people impacted by autism, their overall impact in helping such people and their commitment to the values of working together, teamwork and collaboration,” says Scott Badesch, President of the Autism Society of America.  He said, “Dr. Buck was chosen because he represented a highly committed and passionate volunteer who gave up his time and money to help other people.  His work on your annual conference was a strong example of his work in helping, thru his efforts, so many.

For almost 4 years, Dr. Buck has volunteered in the autism community. Dr. Buck currently volunteers as the full-time Executive Director of the Chattanooga Autism Center and serves on the board of directors of the Autism Society of East Tennessee. Along with his current director duties, Dr. Buck works tirelessly to assist numerous parents, advocates, and professionals who develop programs at the Autism Center. He coordinates the annual Chattanooga Autism Conferences and is currently co-coordinating the Inaugural Autism Awareness Walk, all while making himself available to anyone that needs his assistance. Dr. Buck is also known for successfully collaborating with many other nonprofit organizations in our region.

The Chattanooga Autism Center (CAC) is a non-profit, 501-3c organization helping individuals and families in and around the greater Chattanooga area affected by autism. The CAC is located at 1400 McCallie Ave, Suite 100.  The contact number is 531-6961 should anyone need assistance or would like to get involved with the center.

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