Title: Autism Specialist, Consultant
Company: 1) Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence 2) Ziggurat Group
Location: Columbus, OH United States
Aided by her unique and comprehensive background, Brenda Smith Myles is currently utilizing her talents as an autism specialist and consultant for groups like the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence and the Ziggurat Group. In the past, she has served as the editor of intervention in School and Clinic, the third largest journal in the special education field, and has been a member of the editorial board of several journals, including Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Remedial and Special Education, and Autism: The International Journal of Research. She also holds a Ph.D. in special needs, autism, learning disabilities and emotional disturbances.
Dr. Smith Myles attributes her success to her ability to take complex concepts and break them down for others to understand. Her work and research with autism have earned her a number of awards and recognitions, including the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome (GRASP) Divine Neurotypical Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Autism Champion, and two Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. She has also made over 1,000 presentations about autism all over the world, as well as written more than 250 articles and books on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Looking forward, Dr. Myles Smith hopes to be remembered as a friend to people with autism—as someone who made no assumptions about what they were able to accomplish. She also wants to be known for not judging others and supporting them to achieve. When asked about her future career plans, she said she intends to help people understand what autism looks like and match interventions, so they can live independent lives.
In addition to her other work, Dr. Myles Smith has served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee, was on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s Strategic Planning Consortium and collaborated with the National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, National Autism Center, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She also served as Project Director for the Texas Autism Resource Guide for Teachers (TARGET), and in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.
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