When Patrick moved to Brevard with his family seven years ago, he was almost entirely non-verbal and had trouble making eye contact with his peers. Patrick is on the Autism spectrum and is challenged by significant developmental disabilities.
Patrick participated in both our Adult Day Training and then advanced to our Industry Readiness Training where he was exposed to life skills training, computer classes, empowerment programs and performing arts. He and his father even joined BAC Staff in Tallahassee to advocate for himself and his peers with our legislators.
This year, Patrick achieved a milestone that most of us take for granted, but was thought impossible: he accepted a job in the community! Patrick works for a local law firm, providing data input of technical legal findings into specialized software. He eats lunch and jokes with his co-workers, he asks others how their day is going and he makes eye contact when someone is talking with him.