The person who provided the most inspiration for her life’s work was baby brother Chris. He rocked the O’Connor’s world with his unique perspective and communication style, multiple sensory issues and repetitive behaviors that
brought family members to tears and left groups of specialists in white lab coats puzzled and dismayed. Diagnosis: autism- in the days when the incidence of autism in the general population was 1/10,000. What to do – no one knew? Sanatoriums for 6 year olds were in fashion at the time – complete with padded rooms and straight jackets!! That is the day the career in ASD began – although this was unknown at the time.
Years have passed and many gains have been made in the field, however autism has grown up and the services and supports for adults have remained in their infancy. Barriers for independence and employment exist and inclusive community living remains an elusive dream.
Patricia started Integrated Autism Consulting - a business on a mission to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorders be as independent and as included as they are able. Transitions to Life is a 12 week program designed to respond to the increasing needs of young adults with ASD who require specific preparation programs and direct support to ensure a successful transition experience to the world of enhanced education, employment and independence.
Patricia's Recommended Resource: Book "How to Find Work that Works for People with Aspergers Syndrome" by Gail Hawkins
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