Ianni wants to increase awareness of bullying and autism, encouraging students and community members in general to speak up if they see bullying happening.

“It’s on us as community to advocate for those being bullied every day,” he said. “If we don’t have more voices preaching, what’s the point? If you don’t say something, you’re just as in the wrong as other person.”

Ianni also reminds people that they should be careful what you say to do to others in life, since you never know what they could become in the future. He noted that many celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Eminiem and Rihanna were all victims of bullying.

Ianni’s tour speeches also focus on finding motivation in adversity. He overcame the bullies by using their hate and doubt as motivation, pushing himself to be successful through hard work and the support of his family, friends, teachers, coaches and teammates.

“I got a goal in life, make an impact and leave an impact,” he said. “There are 3.5 million individuals in our country with autism. I put 3.5 million on my back every day. An entire community needs a voice. Who is going to step up? I’ll do that. They need that voice. They need that every day.”