Patricia Simpson is a lifelong resident of New Jersey, mother of 4 and grandmother of 7. She attended public school in Jersey City and upon graduation relocated to Plainfield, New Jersey. Her love for Jersey City and family brought her back. After holding several jobs, she applied for a position with Jersey City Public Schools and was hired as a secretary. During her employment, she explored the possibility of becoming a teacher. She had no idea what area would be her concentration.
In1988 Patricia gave birth to her fourth child. It was a difficult pregnancy causing her to leave her employment early. Her son Amir was born premature and diagnosed with a heart condition, due to the severity he had several close calls resulting in surgery. As her son started to improve, sadly he was classified as autistic at the age of 3.
The diagnose of autism and severity of his heart condition became stressful and difficult for her and the other siblings.
Patricia was determined to balance the care of her children with school.
She received her Associates in Early Childhood and continued to Jersey City State College to pursue her Bachelor's degree. Her concentration was Sociology with a minor in Education. She received her degree in 2000 while working part-time as a tutor for Juvenile Justice Commission tutoring at-risk youth between the ages of 13-18. While working part-time she was offered a full-time position as a Special Education Teacher with the Jersey City Public School System.
She accepted the position and went on to pursue her Masters in Special Education which she received in 2007.
Through her experience as a mother and teacher of those with special needs, Miracle Link Inc. was founded in 2008. The mission of the organization was to provide information and advocacy to those families who face challenges on a daily basis.
The efforts moving forward will be a tribute to her son, Amir Simpson who passed away on November 11, 2016.
As the president and founder of Miracle Link Inc. a not for profit organization in the county of Hudson based in Jersey City, New Jersey, through my travels I have identified needs of a particular population of people. Those who suffer in silence and isolate themselves from their real problems. These people are the underserved, they are those with special needs.
Our organizational goals are to present information relative to support services in collaborating with outside agencies. Many of the challenges these children and families face are often overwhelming. We are going to strive to take that awkward feeling of helplessness to a new level called hope.
We must begin the conversation that is long overdue to raise the question where do we begin. The answer seems complex. It is time to roll up our sleeves and begin to help each other. It can be done by sharing its been said over and over again that knowledge is power. We in the community have the power to make change.
Patricia Simpson, President
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability characterized by impairments in social communication and interactions, as well as restricted or repetitive patterns of behavior, interests in activities. For an autism diagnosis to be made these symptoms need to be evident from childhood, and impair daily functioning (APA, 2013) The word "spectrum" is used because the range and severity of the difficulties people with autism experience can vary widely.
Social Interaction and Communication
looks away when you speak to him/her
lack of interest in other children
does not return your smile
loss of words previously learned
As the need for services continue to grow based on rising statistics. Our goal as an organization is to educate families about available services. Our workshops seek to provide clearinghouse information to support keeping the family and community involved and abreast of the dialogue, culture, strategies, resources and services available to meet their ongoing needs. We analyze and report on updated concepts and best practices.