Allen said her service is not anything exceptional and said all parents who make sacrifices to care for their autistic children are "heroes."
"Everybody gives of themselves and balances work," said Allen. "The challenges are unique, and people give of themselves in different ways."
The society's 300 local members nominated 15 individuals for the award, and the 10 board members then narrowed down the nominees and selected Allen.
"The most compelling case was made for her," said Herrmann.
An announcement of the award cited Allen's "tireless efforts and unwavering dedication" to those with autism.
The Albany Chapter of the Autism Society of America serves people living with autism and their families in the greater Capital District. ""