Patrick Hughes, Jr. was born in Evanston, IL, and has lived there for most of his life. He attended the University of Kansas, and during his time there, he befriended a community resident who was autistic. This friendship inspired Patrick to create Natural Ties, and later, Inclusion Solutions, which he currently runs in Evanston. Working to create greater access for people with disabilities, he has created products that make businesses and other public areas accessible to all. He has been recognized at a local and national level for his efforts. Patrick not only works to make public areas available to people with disabilities, but to create greater awareness throughout society about the problems that people with disabilities face.