MDCR’s Ianni to speak at free autism awareness event

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in News

Anthony Ianni, former Michigan State University basketball player, will speak about overcoming barriers with being autistic at Baker College in Auburn Hills. The event is hosted by Baker College of Auburn Hills Disability Services, to raise awareness and support of autism in conjunction with National Autism Awareness Month, which is April. The event is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Baker College of Auburn Hills Student Center. For more information click...

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Ianni brings anti-bullying message to Sterling Heights High School

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in News

“Get out there and make a change.” That was the message former Michigan State University basketball player Anthony Ianni delivered April 1 to students at Sterling Heights High School as part of his “Relentless Tour,” which seeks to raise awareness of autism and the problem of bullying in schools across the nation. Ianni said he was able to overcome the challenges and obstacles in his life by focusing on three “keys to success” – motivation, hard work and support. To read the full story click...

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Ianni discusses autism, bullying with Knapp Charter students

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in News

Knapp Charter Academy students peppered former Michigan State University basketball player Anthony Ianni with questions during a Monday morning assembly on March 21, 2016, but it was a question that fifth grader Zachary Colthorp asked that had the biggest impact on Ianni. “Are you proud to have autism?” Colthorp asked. Great question is what Ianni said after wrapping up his approximately 90 minute presentation at the school in Grand Rapids. “Everyone has labels in life, and I have five of them,” Ianni said. “I’m a father, I’m a husband, I’m a Michigan State Spartan, I’m a former college basketball player and I have autism, and I’m not afraid to say all those things. I’m proud to say all those things. You should, too, man. You should be proud every day.” Read more of the MLive article on...

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Oct. 17th Launch Date!

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in News, NEWS

Oct. 17th Launch Date!

MEDIA ALERT THE AUTISM ALLIANCE OF MICHIGAN LAUNCHES FIRST OF ITS KIND STATEWIDE ANTI-BULLYING TOUR YOU’RE INVITED TO JOIN US! WHEN: Thursday, October 17, 2013 9:00 a.m. WHERE: Michigan State Capitol, Lansing, MI WHO: Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Anthony Ianni, Anti-Bullying and Autism Advocate, AAoM, Tom Izzo, Michigan State University Basketball Coach WHAT: The Autism Alliance of Michigan’s Anthony Ianni and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley will announce the launch of the Autism Alliance’s RELENTLESS TOUR. The initiative is the first of its kind in the country, and Ianni will pledge to reach every middle school across the state in one school year to share his anti-bullying message. WHY: Bullying is something that affects everyone in some way, and individuals with autism are often the biggest targets. Together with the support of Lieutenant Governor Calley, Coach Tom Izzo, Red Wing Niklas Kronwall and the Department of Civil Rights, the Autism Alliance is committed to working to eradicate bullying through this initiative. The tour is made possible through the generous donations of Atlas Oil, Citgo, General RV, Smart 911, University of Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon and Emergent Biosolutions. JOIN US IN KICKING OFF THE RELENTLESS TOUR! Visit: www.relentlesstour.com for further information INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Onsite, advance and post press conference interviews are available. Please contact: Heidi Hedquist 248.872.1022 heidi@hackintothecause.org to schedule a one-on-one...

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Why I Wanted To Start This Tour

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in News, NEWS

Why I Wanted To Start This Tour

I wanted to embark on this journey to not only raise more awareness for Autism, but to also do what I can to put an end to bullying around our great state of Michigan. Bullying is something that everyone has been touched by it can affect everyone. The stories I hear from kids, parents and teachers at the places I speak are haunting and the scars run deep for those who have been victims. A stat a lot of people may not know is that 65-90% of kids, who have 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! This tour will not only be the symbol for stopping bullying in Michigan, but hopefully will also bring hope and inspiration to those facing bullies today. I have overcome a lot in my life to become the man I am today. I want to do everything I can to make a positive impact on the people I meet through my story and experiences. More importantly I want to help put bullying to an end forever. I’ve been lucky enough to receive incredible letters and calls from the people I’ve already spoken to… quite often even from the bullies themselves pledging to never bully again. I know in my heart together we can out an end to bullying in our state. It all starts here as we hit 659 Middle Schools in 180 days. Please join me in this first of its kind initiative. Check back here for updates on the tour, stories, celebrations and...

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