Patricia Smith is a wife and mother of four children. In December 1994 her second child, Ryan, was diagnosed with Autism at age 3 ½. His diagnosis led to 19 years of training and discovery to help Ryan and eventually other people with ASD improve their quality of life. Patricia has been employed with Brevard County Schools in Central Florida since 2001. In 2004, she became a Certified Associate Behavior Analyst serving eleven schools. In 2006 she enrolled in the Alternative Certification Program to work as an Exceptional Education Teacher. She has worked with elementary and secondary students in school and home programs. In 2011, Patricia also served as a camp director with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at UCF to develop a summer program designed specifically for children with ASD in the Brevard County area. Patricia is still currently employed by Brevard County Schools, but is also working to develop meaningful life experiences for people with ASD beyond the school system.