In 1990 Ryan was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) at five years of age and later received the diagnosis of Aspergers Disorder. He was put in a self-contained classroom following his initial diagnosis. After 2 ½ years, his parents insisted that he be placed in a classroom with typically developing peers. As a result, Ryan became one of the first students with autism in Texas to enjoy the benefits of an inclusive education.
At 16 years of age, Ryan became focused on maintaining his overall health and quality of life through consistent exercise and proper nutrition. This led to his participation in numerous running events in Texas and Cork, Ireland. Ryan received his Bachelor's Degree from Texas Women's University (TWU) with a double major in Sociology and Criminal Justice. He resides in Texas where he shares a home with his parents and Ciara, his golden retriever.
Ryan has been sharing his experiences with having autism in presentations to parents and professionals for the past seven years. It is hoped that the insights gleaned from listening to Ryan's story will help his audience find specific solutions to the problems of the ASD individual with whom they are working.