TWAP003: Anthony Ianni on Autism, Bullying, and Overcoming the Odds


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In this episode, I talk with anti-bully advocate, Anthony Ianni. 

Here are some Anthony Ianni facts:

  • Diagnosed at the age of 4 with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), now incorporated under the umbrella term, “autism” under the DSM-V.
  • Dealt with bullies, adversity, and numerous personal challenges.
  • Earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Michigan State University.
  • Became the first known athlete to play Big 10 Basketball
  • 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.

Highlights from the Anthony Ianni Interview:

  • Anthony’s favorite quote, from the Sandlot:

“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die”

  • His Relentless Tour, during which he has spoken to over 450 middle schools and high schools across the state of Michigan.  His tour focuses on raising autism awareness and aimed at eradicating bullying.
  • What his parents did right, and how parents can learn key success factors for raising healthy, positive kids on the autism spectrum.
  • One Anthony’s low points in his life, and how he coped
  • Some of Anthony’s proudest moments
  • Anthony’s thoughts about friendship
  • Anthony’s story of how he met his wife

Resources and Links

Like Anthony Ianni on Facebook

Follow Anthony Ianni on Twitter

Follow Anthony Ianni on Instagram

The Relentless Tour – Anthony’s ambitious tour aimed at raising autism awareness and eradicating bullying across the United States.

Famous People with Autism: Anthony Ianni – I wrote this article a few months back.  Anthony inspired me then, and I was so happy when he agreed to an interview for the podcast.

7 Self Help Motivation Tips from Coach John Wooden – This is an article I wrote a few years back, inspired by coaching legend John Wooden, who is also one of Anthony’s heroes.

Anthony recommends any books by Coach John Wooden.

Here are three I think you’ll like:

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court.

Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

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 I'm Steve Borgman.  I'm a licensed clinical professional counselor and blogger committed to bringing you hope, understanding, and solutions that you can apply to your life immediately.

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