Local man wins Individual Volunteer of the Year for work with autism

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. CDT; updated 9:53 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 25, 2013

COLUMBIA — John Cleek Jr. and his wife noticed changes in their son Thomas’ behavior when he was 18 months old. By the time Thomas was 2 years old, he had lost his speech. It wasn’t until their son was nearly 5 years old that they received an official diagnosis of autism.