In 2008 Ryan began a career as a transcriptionist, providing communication access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students from High School to Graduate School. Passionate about technology since childhood he began programming as a teenager.
In 2018, Patrick approached him with an idea that became aba|tools combining a desire to help others access communication and his passion for programming. This same year Ryan’s son was also evaluated as Non-Catagorical Early Childhood and is currently awaiting further evaluation.
So, along with Patrick, in 2019 he co-founded aba|tools, to provide himself, his son, other parents, and professionals access to digital ABA materials.
Patrick has been working with children on the autism spectrum since the mid ‘90s when he was hired as an undergraduate student ABA therapist to work with a newly diagnosed 4-year-old. While continuing his studies and in-home therapy, he began working in Ohio’s first Community Schools Pilot Program at a school exclusively for children on the autism spectrum as a para-professional, and later as a classroom teacher.
Through the early 2000’s he broadened his experience to include working with adults diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities and challenging behavior while continuing to serve children and families in residential, school, and camp settings. Since earning his Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and subsequent BCBA® certification in 2014, he has focused exclusively on improving the lives of children with autism through ABA.
In 2019, along with Ryan, he co-founded aba|tools, to provide parents and professionals digital access to ABA materials.