and Tropical Medicine, and University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. He also serves as a visiting lecturer, University of South Alabama, School of Medicine, and as the State Mortuary Response Team’s Family Assistance Center executive director. At Gateway Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, he serves as volunteer worship coordinator; Sunday School teacher; principal, Gateway Academy and tutoring program; liaison to Korean Church congregation; teacher, English as a second language; and teacher, American history. He has taken missions trips to Brazil, Canada, India, and various U.S. cities.

Patricia Wright, Ph.D., M.P.H., 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 support that makes it possible for people with autism lead meaningful, happy, and productive lives. As Easter Seals’ national director of autism services, Dr. Wright leads autism programs for Easter Seals, one of the nation’s largest providers of services for individuals with autism across the life span. Dr. 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Wright earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Hawaii in 2006. She also has an M.P.H. from the University of Hawaii and a master’s degree in special education from San Francisco State University.

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