President of Autism Society of America talks about issues with El Paso chapter

Updated: Saturday, August 23 2014, 09:04 PM MDT
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By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas -- Just a few weeks ago, KFOX14 got word that The Autism Society of El Paso may be in danger of shutting down.

KFOX14 reached out to the president of The Autism Society of America to find out just what was going on.

"We have been talking to them and it is our hope that they would stay around and they would not close down," said Scott Badesch, the president of The Autism Society of America.

Badesch said he can't really go too much into detail with what's going on with the Autism Society of El Paso but said the national organization is working with El Paso to come up with a plan.

"Part of what's going on there is that they're volunteers and there's only so much they can do," Badesch said.

As KFOX14 first reported to you earlier this month, a former board member of the Autism Society of El Paso told KFOX14 while she was serving on the board, every board member, aside from her, voted to close the local chapter down.

"We have 106 affiliates throughout the country and very few run into problems where they don't have the manpower or the volunteers to continue," Badesch said.

Badesch told KFOX14 each chapter has its own governing board that ultimately decides to what do, but shutting down, isn't encouraged.

"We're again encouraging them to open up to more people to get some more people involved with them and/or to see about hooking up with another Autism Society in the area," Badesch said.

The current board maintains the local chapter is not closing and they're even welcoming the public to attend their next board meeting. 

"We don't want to see services and support ended by the Autism Society in that community, but it has to be the community's responsibility to find the people," Badesch said.

The next board meeting is on Aug. 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the conference room of the First Presbyterian Church located at 1340 Murchison.President of Autism Society of America talks about issues with El Paso chapter
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