MDCR’s Ianni to speak at free autism awareness event

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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 talks bullying with Gladstone Junior High

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The Relentless Tour, a state–wide anti–bullying initiative, made its way to schools in Delta County November 10. Anthony Ianni, a member of multiple championship basketball teams at Michigan State University and a National Motivational Speaker for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, offered words of inspiration based on growing up with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He also sent a strong message to kids about bullying. “Just be careful what you say and do to others, because you never know who that person’s going to be in life,” said Ianni. “They could be the next LeBron James, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, whoever.” “When Anthony speaks about the bullying, we see how the kids really look at him, and we hope that they can take this with them into their communities and their home, and we can combat bullying,” said Kelly Constantino, Sault Tribe Youth Education Services and Activities Coordinator. This was the second time some of the students at Gladstone Junior High School got to hear Ianni’s words of wisdom. “I just want the kids to remember that they’re part of a family here,” Ianni added. “They’re part of the Gladstone Braves family for life. I could tell that great things are going on here at Gladstone Junior High, and I hope that these kids carry on that change forever and ever, and hopefully when they’re older in their lives, they can try and make the same impact that they’re making today in their town.” The Relentless Tour kicked off in the state capitol in mid–October, and has since featured the likes of people like Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and MSU Basketball Coach Tom Izzo spreading the anti–bullying message. Read the article...

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Why I Wanted To Start This Tour

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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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