Otischa Raychael Smiley was born with down syndrome, but she never allowed this to interfere with her aspirations or outlook. She has taken on the world with courage, gratitude, and ambition. She was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana under the loving care of a supportive family. Growing up her mother, Dr. Viola Marie Smith Patterson PhD.,PhD, did not treat her any differently than her other children. She was encouraged to explore all the abilities that the Lord graced upon her, and to embrace her extra special role in life.
Otischa’s positive attitude continues to shine through all obstacles. At the tender age of nine she began talking. Shortly after this breakthrough her musical talents began to flourish. She plays a variety of instruments such as piano, drums, saxophone, flute, and guitar. Otischa plays the piano in church. She also volunteers and performs at daycares, nursing homes, and homeless shelters. She recognized in the National Down Syndrome Convention in Sacramento, CA for playing Beethoven’s Fur Elise on the piano. At 12 years old, she became involved in Christian dance. She also jazz, tap, hip hop, zumba and liturgical dancer. She also participates in the Down Syndrome of Southern Nevada (DSOSN) “Cool 21” group. They provide a plethora of activities to nourish the mind and soul. There were times that she was excluded from extra-curricular activities due to competition and academic requirements, but she did not give up on her passions.
She won a 1 st place gold medal in the Special Olympics for golf and also has titles in track, bowling, baseball, and basketball. She is also in the KISS for Kids Performing Arts Academy, Eau Inferno Entertainment Group, and takes part in the Buddy Walk. Otischa’s Bio Otischa is 23 years old and has lived in Las Vegas for about 4 years.
She is becoming an independent and productive member of society. She aspires to enter the workforce. She is also interested in learning to train support dogs for people with disabilities. Her siblings OraLeesa and Austin have been ideal role models and she looks up to them. Someday Otischa will like to follow in her footsteps her older siblings footsteps by managing an entertainment agency, and employing individuals with special needs to show the world that a company can prosper with people just like her. Otischa’s journey has been rocky, but she continues to persevere. She receives support from family, teachers, and friends. She has graduated from the UNLV F.O.C.U.S. program with a certificate in Hospitality. Otischa has started her own website www.ilovehotpinkandblack.com . This website is for fundraising and promotional purposes. She expresses gratitude to her family, doctors, teachers, all who continue to pray for her, and the many people who have extended their hearts in kindness and patience. This miraculous young lady reaches beyond the sky and dances amongst the stars. She hopes to inspire others to rise above any preconceived limitations and know that all is possible with faith, devotion, and love.