Ben was born in New York City and spent his early years in Nairobi, Kenya. He returned to the US, was diagnosed with autism, and spent the next ten years in New York City and Arlington, VA receiving year-round home- and clinic-based interventions, including ABA, vision, and speech therapies. Ben participated in clinical research and trials at the Johns Hopkins Kennedy-Krieger Center and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ben spent two years as a teenager living in Fiji, where he enjoyed independence from his mom, learned to swim, rode horses, and enjoyed a deep dive into the culture of the South Pacific. Benjamin cast his first ballot in the 2016 Presidential Election. He is 23 years old and preparing to move into his own apartment. Benjamin wants to attend college “as a resident student.” He is the youngest of three siblings and the son of Steven and Bertra Bradford McGann.