The Autism Society of America was honored to continue our Coronavirus Information Series with a conversation with Anthony Ianni of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the country.

On July 9, Autism Society of America CEO Chris Banks sat down to a conversation with Ianni to discuss several topics, including how he’s been able to deal with the changes in his routine during the pandemic, how were you able to adapt to big crowd arenas growing and advice for parents who are told the same fate for their child that your parents told when you were 5 years old.

You can view this Facebook Live on Facebook HERE, and learn more about the Autism Society’s Coronavirus Information Series webpage, which is updated with guest speakers every week.


Anthony Ianni, of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the country.

At the age of 4 Anthony was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), which is on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). Doctors and specialists told Anthony’s parents that he would barely graduate from high school, would never graduate from college, would never have a shot at being an athlete, and would likely live in a group institution with other Autistic kids for his adult life. His family was devastated but pledged they would help Anthony be successful no matter what.

Despite bullies, adversity and numerous personal challenges Anthony worked hard and never gave up. Not only did he earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in Sociology, he is also the first Division One college basketball player in NCAA history with an Autism Diagnosis.  Anthony played for legendary coach Tom Izzo while at MSU. He won two Big Ten Championships, a Big Ten Tournament Title, was the recipient of the 2011 Tim Bograkos Walk On Award and the 2012 Unsung Player Award, and was also a member of the 2010 Final Four team.

Anthony has pledged his life and career to help those who face similar challenges. He has been invited to tell his story and share his message across the country and has inspired countless individuals to be “Relentless” and achieve their goals and dreams.