Patty Wilson: A Parent’s Story

I have two children with special needs. Christopher, age 20, who is now a graduate of Amelia High School and working full time with Smyth Automotive. I supported him in getting his driver’s license, as well as, securing job opportunities and independent living arrangements. He now lives on his own in a one bedroom apartment. William, age 11, just finished elementary at Holly Hill Elementary School and started middle school in August. I worked through the system to ensure he was able to secure special financing to have specialized day care in my home.

I have been involved in my children’s education and advocating for them so they can be successful in life beyond school. I feel the success of Christopher’s growth to independence.

A bit about me: I am married and live in Amelia with my husband, son and three dogs! I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in accounting from University of Cincinnati, and a Masters of Business from Xavier University. I have been employed for 16 years as tax accountant for Roto Rooter Services.

I have attended numerous trainings/seminars through FAST TRAC, as well as, others offered throughout the region.  I became a Board member of Families Connected in 2013. I had been asked to attend a System of Care conference in the past but was unable to do so. This year I was honored to attend the System of Care Conference (SOC) in Washington in July, 2014.  It was a wonderful experience. There were several good workshops and the information was easy to apply as a parent, as well as, an advocate to help children with mental health and behavioral challenges.

Thank you for the opportunity.

Patty Wilson, Parent/Advocate for children