Show Notes


This conversation with Anthony Ianni was originally released on October 29, 2020. We are re-releasing it today to wrap up our Global Autism Community monthly theme of Transitioning into College. 


Discover what’s possible when you relentlessly shoot for your goals. 

Anthony Ianni is an Autistic Self-Advocate, a sought-after motivational speaker, and a former basketball star. 

As the NCAA’s first Division 1 college basketball player with autism, playing for Michigan State University, Anthony surpassed all limitations that doctors had predicted for his life. He currently works for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and travels the country as part of the Relentless Tour, advocating against bullying and educating students about autism. Anthony’s memoir, Centered, was released last year.

In this conversation, we discuss:

  • How Anthony coped with bullies growing up

  • The moment his parents told him about his autism

  • Why he was driven to prove others wrong

  • Anthony's basketball career and how his autism affected his relationships with his teammates

  • Advice for parents who may be concerned that their child is being bullied

For more information about Anthony Ianni and his work, please visit his website Relentless Tour and follow him on Instagram @aigamechanger44


IAN Research Report: Bullying and Children with ASD 

Investigating Bullying as a Predictor of Suicidality in a Clinical Sample of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder 

The 3 R’s for Bullying Prevention: Recognize, Respond and Report 

A Helpful Online Safety Guide for People With Autism Spectrum Disorders 


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