Patricia Wright has a passion for education and advocacy and has dedicated her career to ensuring that individuals with autism are fully included in society. Her personal mission is to offer the support that makes it possible for people with autism to lead meaningful, happy and productive lives. As the former Easterseals National Director of Autism Services, Wright led autism programs for Easterseals, one of the nation’s largest provider of services for individuals with autism across the life span. She remains a friend and blogger for Easterseals.
Wright’s expertise as an educator and Board Certified Behavior Analyst inform her individualized approach to creating effective treatment plans. She knows that early diagnosis and intervention offer the best outcomes but also is a proponent of appropriate treatment for anyone with autism at any age. Everyone has the ability to learn and develop skills. She is a member of the Organization for Autism Research’s Scientific Council and has served on the Executive Committee for the Friends of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Wright is experienced working with national media and well known as a presenter and has been invited to deliver presentations and conduct training across the United States and internationally.
Wright earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Hawaii in 2006. She also has a master’s of public health from the University of Hawaii, and a master’s degree in special education from San Francisco State University. Wright earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Central Washington University.
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