MEET ANTHONY IANNI

ANTI-BULLY ADVOCATE

Bullying can affect everybody today, including people with Autism. A stat most people don’t know is that 65-90% of kids with Autism are the prime target for bullies. I myself was one of those victims when I was younger and it continued until I was a freshman in high school. After I heard this stat I knew I had to take action! Anthony Ianni, of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, is one of the most sought after anti-bullying motivational speakers in the region. 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. And he is. Despite bullies, adversity and numerous personal challenges Anthony worked hard and never gave...

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The Relentless Tour

Anti-Bullying State Wide

The Relentless Tour with Anthony Ianni is a first of its kind grass roots initiative designed to help eradicate bullying across the state of Michigan. Bullying is something that affects everyone in one form or another. Additionally, individuals with autism are one of the highest targeted groups to be the victims of a bully with numbers ranging from 65-90% and it has to be stopped. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) own Anthony Ianni, one of the most sought after anti-bullying advocates in the state and across the country, has pledged to visit as many schools as possible in Michigan over the next year. The tour will begin October 17, at the Capitol in Lansing with Lt. Governor Brian Calley and MSU basketball Coach Tom Izzo at his side and will continue throughout the school year until every district has been reached. Additionally, Red Wing Niklas Kronwall are on board to help share Anthony and MDCR’s message. Anthony’s story is one that reaches everyone. Diagnosed with autism at a young age Anthony’s parents were told he would never graduate, never play sports...

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Niklas Kronwall

Niklas Kronwall

Detroit Red Wings
I was moved by his story and also impressed that he’s working with the Autism Alliance of Michigan to carry his story to children and caregivers throughout Michigan.
Coach Tom Izzo

Coach Tom Izzo

Michigan State Spartans
…his (Anthony Ianni) mission is much bigger than Michigan state, than the state of Michigan, than autism in general, its just bigger than that, and that’s what’s the most exciting to me.
Draymond Green

Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors , Former Team Mate
Anthony is one of the finest men I know. His ability to battle through bullying and overcome hardship, become successful student-athlete at MSU, and them to serve as a role model and advocate for anti-bullying is an amazing story.
Lt. Governor Brian Calley

Lt. Governor Brian Calley

State of Michigan
Anthony Ianni is making a huge difference in Michigan today and has a potential of impacting the anti-bullying movement all across the nation. He has overcome the struggles that come from growing up with and living with autism and is a role model today not just for kids with autism but for everybody and how you can really overcome obstacles, overcome challenges and really change the face of the planet.

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