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Upcoming Events

November 17, 2018, Toastmasters District 52, Division B Showcase, Stevenson Ranch, California

Presenting the humorous speech, Lessons Learned From Reality TV Dating!

November 28-29, 2018, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, Stone Mountain, Georgia

Delivering the opening plenary presentation: Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.

January 28, 2019, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California

Talking to teachers and therapists about how to help students with autism get the most out of their college experience!

February 11, 2019, California State University, Northridge, California

Talking to librarians about how to help students with autism get the most out of their college experience!

February 28-March 2, 2019, Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, St. Louis, Missouri

Presenting on “Be Safe: The Movie” to teach young people with Down Syndrome how to interact safely with police.

March 4, 2019, Autism Society of Los Angeles, California

Speaking on a panel about autism in the workforce and my various employment experiences!

Coming soon to an event near you!

November 12-15, 2018, World Autism Organisation International Congress, Houston, Texas

Thank you to the WAO for bringing together so many countries in the effort of helping people with autism lead better lives!

November 4, 2018, Santa Clarita Marathon, Santa Clarita, California

Finished my very first marathon in five-and-a-half hours!!!  I discovered what did and didn’t work for me and I’ll bet I can shave a whole hour off my personal record (PR) at my next marathon!

October 30, 2018, NBCUniversal, Universal City, California

Thank you to Imagination at NBCUniversal Toastmasters for bringing me in again to speak about the benefits of hiring individuals with autism in connection with National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

October 27, 2018, Toastmasters 4 Writers, Burbank, California

Had a spooky time leading improv games during the impromptu speaking portion of this Halloween-themed meeting!

October 22, 2018, Disability Resources & Educational Services, California State University, Northridge, California

Took college students on a guided tour of Come to Life!

October 22, 2018, Yes I Can Class, Canyon High School, Canyon Country, California

I love speaking to Yes I Can students about how to love and accept yourself and each other, how to make a difference during National Bullying Prevention Month and have hope for a better future!

October 20, 2018, AASCEND “In The Spotlight: Autism & The Media” Conference, San Francisco, California

Thank you so much to the Autism Aspergers Spectrum Coalition for Education Networking and Development for bringing me in to present Come to Life Through Television!

October 13, 2018, Autism Hero Awards, London, United Kingdom

Congratulations to my mother, Emily Iland, on her nomination and for making a difference in the lives of people with autism!!!

September 30, 2018, Orange County Children’s Book Festival, Costa Mesa, California

Thank you to the Disability Services Corporation for hosting me and Be Safe!

September 25, 2018, Autism Speaks Town Hall, Palo Alto, California

Thank you to the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center for hosting us!

September 17, 2018, NBC Universal Toastmasters, Universal City, California

Speaking about the benefits of hiring people with autism!

September 12, 2018, Malibu Toastmasters, Malibu, California

Thank you to Jose Angel Manaiza, Jr. for having me speak and the subsequent Medium and Thrive Global articles about my speech!

September 11, 2018, Los Angeles Police Department – Mental Evaluation Unit, Los Angeles, California

Thank you to the Autism Society of Los Angeles for consistently recommending me to speak to police about autism!

September 7, 2018, Golden Oak Adult School, Newhall, California Took students on a guided tour of Come to Life! and helped them see their true potential!

August 31, 2018, Broward County Public Schools, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Thank you to all the staff from Broward County Schools that came to hear my keynote!  I hope your school year kicks off on a very high note!

August 29, 2018, Speaker Stardom, Redondo Beach, California

Thank you to Cindy Ashton for your coaching and advice to make me an even more confident speaker!

August 28, 2018, LAPD Mental Evaluation Unit, Los Angeles, California

It’s always a pleasure helping police help the people they serve!

August 24, 2018, The High School at Moorpark College, Moorpark, California

Helping speech-and-debate students build their confidence when speaking in public!

August 16-18, 2018, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Started with being on The Morning Blend in Tucson and then put on another successful Be Safe certificate course and interactive screening in Phoenix!

August 2-3, 2018, Texas State Autism Conference, San Marcos, Texas

I’ve been going to the Texas State Autism Conference for years and had the chance to present on Come to Life! AND Be Safe!  Senate Bill (SB) 30 is about to take effect in Texas…are YOU ready for it?

July 30-31, 2018, Alamo Area Council of Governments, San Antonio, Texas

Conducted a Be Safe certificate course and interactive screening. I was also very fortunate to make an appearance at the State Conference of School Resource Officers! Don’t leave safety to chance in your school or your community…get in touch with me TODAY!!!

July 23-25, 2018, State-Wide Institute on Best Practices in Inclusive Education, Wausau, Wisconsin

Presented a very well-received Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself. keynote and Be Safe! breakout session.  Remember to involve and include your young person in their transition meetings and future planning or else they will grow up living a life that isn’t theirs and/or that they’re unhappy with!

July 10-12, 2018, 50th Annual Autism Society National Conference, Washington, DC

Thank you to The Autism Society for providing the opportunity to speak with my elected officials!!!

June 11-13, 2018, Autism Action Partnership, Omaha, Nebraska

Thank you to the Autism Action Partnership and Goodwill Omaha for hosting Be Safe The Movie and Experience Autism for the good people of Omaha and the surrounding communities!

June 6, 2018, Education Service Center Region 16, Amarillo, Texas

Thank you to Barb Hobbs and all the staff at ESC 16 for having give a keynote and be on a Q&A panel at your conference!

May 19, 2018, Transition 2 Independence, Lancaster, California

Highlight of this conference: a woman hugging me after my speech for giving her hope for her son.

May 18, 2018, Advance LA Conference, Los Angeles, California

I’m thankful for my years in The HELP Group and feel awesome that the organization honored me and other young adults with learning differences for making the world a better place!

May 14, 2018, Autism Society of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Thank you to everyone that attended my breakout session on transition and self-discovery!

May 10, 2018, Real Life Church, Santa Clarita, California

Thank you to the “Friends 4 Life” group for letting me speak to and empower your youth with autism and other learning differences!

May 8, 2018, Los Angeles Police Department Mental Evaluation Unit, Los Angeles, California

Back by popular demand!

April 29, 2018, AutFest, Beverly Hills, California

Movies such as Please Stand By and Roman J. Israel, Esq. and TV shows like Atypical and The Good Doctor were recognized for their portrayals of people with autism in the motion picture industry.

April 28, 2018, Rose Bowl Walk, Pasadena, California

On behalf of the Southern California chapter board of directors, thank you to everyone that attended the Autism Speaks walk!

April 25, 2018, Boys and Girls Club, Santa Clarita, California

I love speaking to teen leaders about the importance of knowing yourself, loving yourself and being yourself in order to live the life you want!

April 24, 2018, Los Angeles Police Department Mental Evaluation Unit, Los Angeles, California

Thank you to the LAPD MEU and the Autism Society of Los Angeles for having me speak to police officers and other law enforcement professionals about how to identify and respond to people with autism in the field!

April 14, 2018, Transition 2 Independence Conference, Santa Clarita, California

Thank you to the CSUN Family Focus Center and the North LA County Regional Center for letting me moderate your panel discussing “Outside the Box Ideas for School & Work”!

April 12-13, 2018, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

My breakout session turned into the closing keynote!!!

April 10, 2018, Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, North Carolina

I’m officially a military contractor having spoken to families on base that have children with autism as well as military social workers!

April 6, 2018, Tierra del Sol Foundation, Van Nuys, California

It felt awesome showing young adults how to know themselves, love themselves and be themselves!

March 24, 2018, Fantastic Friends San Fernando Valley, Chatsworth, California

Trained LAPD officers about autism and introduced them to youth with autism and other learning differences!

March 15, 2018, Adventurers Club, Van Nuys, California

The very first order of my book, Come to Life!, came from the President of The Adventurers Club…Jennifer Coats!

March 14, 2018, Workability I Training Conference, Valencia, California

Thank you to Ken Wiseman of The Santa Clarita Valley Mayor’s Committee for bringing me in to speak on a panel to share my stories of being a past Workability client and to help educators better serve their students and clients!

March 8, 2018, Autism Live, Woodland Hills, California

It was an honor to be back on Autism Live! again on International Women’s Day to discuss the latest with me including joining the National Speakers Association (NSA) and my interest in coaching youth with autism to be their best selves!

March 8, 2018, Autism Quality of Life Podcast

Thank you so much, Teri Krakovich, for having me on your show to discuss Come to Life! and Be Safe!  These programs are vital to a better quality of life for people with autism and their allies.

February 24, 2018, Autism Speaks, W. Hollywood, California

My first speech as a member of the board of Autism Speaks (Southern California chapter)!

February 22, 2018, Santa Clarita Valley Mayor’s Committee for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, Santa Clarita, California

I had the chance to tell a story of “The Turning Point In My Employment” in connection with the theme of “Bias Busters”!

February 18, 2018, Personal Development Toastmasters (PDT), N. Hollywood, California

I love giving keynotes such as “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” at Toastmasters clubs that bring out the best in people!

February 3, 2018, A Transition Odyssey, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California

Thank you to Larry Schallert of College of the Canyons and Bobby Verdugo of UCLA for having me and for letting my story be told!

January 27, 2018, Festival Educacional, Northridge, California

Thank you to the CSUN Family Focus Empowerment Center for letting me and my mother present on how to “Keep Your Loved One Safe”!

January 19, 2018, Families for Autism Support and Awareness, Laredo, Texas

Thank you to Veronica Orduno for bringing me in to speak about Come to Life! AND Be Safe: The Movie.  It was my pleasure to bring warmth and inspiration to your audience!

January 17-18, 2018, Authority Maker Boot Camp, Las Vegas, Nevada

Thank you to Anthony Franck for letting me share my story and for introducing me to so many influential and inspirational people!

January 13, 2018, Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library, Santa Clarita, California

Come to Life! and I got featured in the local newspaper and it felt great to be among some of Santa Clarita’s top authors!

December 13-15, 2017, TASH Conference, Atlanta, Gerogia

Thank you to everyone at TASH for welcoming me, my mother and our presentations!

November 30-December 1, 2017, Education Service Center Region 19, El Paso, Texas

Thank you to ESC 19 for allowing me to speak about “Come to Life!” AND “Be Safe” with the latter being particularly important for Texans in light of Senate Bill (SB) 30 passing requiring students begin receiving instruction on how to interact with police.

November 21, 2017, Club Captivate, Woodland Hills, California

Thank you to the incredible Chanti Niven of Captivating Speakers for inviting me to speak at your club about Come to Life!

November 18-19, 2017, Jackalope Art Fair, Pasadena, California

I had the chance to take some youth from Brighter Future Charity through some Come to Life! activities intended to build friendships and boost self-confidence!

November 16, 2017, Autism Works Now, Woodland Hills, California
Thank you to Susan Osborne and Joanne Lara for having me back again to speak to your candidates!
November 15, 2017, Autism Awareness Seminar, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California

My longtime friend, Larry Schallert, invited me to be on a panel as an autism expert alongside Autism Social Alliance students so…naturally…I said YES!

November 14, 2017, Topping Brothers Invitational Golf Tournament, Tournament Players Club, Valencia, California

A huge thank you to the Topping Brothers for letting me speak about Come to Life! during your tournament benefiting Autism Speaks!

November 10, 2017, Autism Action Partnership, Omaha, Nebraska

Thank you so much to the Autism Action Partnership for bringing me in to discuss Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself. during your “Life Without Boxes” conference!

November 8, 2017, The Imagination Connection, Northridge, California

A shoutout to The Imagination Connection and all the work they do in bringing opportunities to create art for people with autism and other learning differences!

November 3-4, 2017, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, Phoenix, Arizona

A “Be Safe” certificate course AND interactive screening for educators and police in the greater Phoenix area.  More screenings to come in the months to follow!

October 19-20, 2017, Illinois Association of School Social Workers, Lisle, Illinois

Now more than ever, young people need to know about interacting with the police and “Be Safe: The Movie” was here to do just that!

October 17, 2017, ACTS Toastmasters Club 416, Pasadena, California

Thank you to Qualified Speaker Carl Walsh of ACTS for inviting me to deliver “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” as I begin my journey as a Distinguished Toastmaster!

October 17, 2017, Santa Clarita Valley Mayor’s Committee for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, Santa Clarita, California

I’m honored to be on this committee and that they hosted an entire breakfast for me to launch Come to Life!

October 12, 2017, Los Angeles Unified School District Toastmasters, Los Angeles, California

Thank you to LAUSD Toastmasters for having me at your open house to give a keynote “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” and to lead some improv games!

October 2-3, 2017, Jornadas de Capacitacion en AUTISMO, CEART Mexicali, Mexico
My very first international speaking engagement AND the world premiere of Come to Life! Your Guide to Self-Discovery (Ven a La Vida! Tu Guia Para El Autodescubrimiento) in Spanish!!!
September 30 – October 1, 2017, Love & Autism, San Diego, California
I felt honored to give my signature keynote, “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.”, and be among the many featured speakers sharing their stories of self-love and relationships.
September 27, 2017, Autism Social Alliance, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California
People with autism often struggle in college and unfamiliar environments.  I taught some college students how to begin to be the hero in their life!
September 25-26, 2017, Porterville Developmental Center, Porterville, California
The first “Come to Life!” guided tour helped a lot clients and staff better understand one another and create hope for a better future for all!
September 19-21, 2017, Becoming Independent, Santa Rosa, California
A big THANK YOU to Becoming Independent and the many police departments in and around Santa Rosa that have put the safety of young people with disabilities at the top of their priority list!
September 18, 2017, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA, Los Angeles, California
It was an incredible honor to be invited to a screening of the pilot episode of the ABC series, The Good Doctor, AND to be on a panel to discuss the episode!
September 15, 2017, Moorpark College High School Campus, Moorpark, California
It felt great educating and entertaining Speech & Debate students with Toastmasters and improv!

September 13, 2017, City of Santa Clarita Public Library, Canyon Country, California

I love getting up in front of an audience and having an intimate conversation about my transition “from accountant to advocate”!

August 29, 2017, Los Angeles Police Department Mental Evaluation Unit, Los Angeles, California

Using empathy-based exercises, I educated and trained police officers about autism on behalf of the Autism Society of Los Angeles!

August 26, 2017, Toastmasters 4 Writers, Burbank, California

I was honored to visit the Toastmasters 4 Writers club to lead a series of improv games intended to foster creativity and humor in the club!

August 23, 2017, The Miracle Project, Santa Monica, California

A big THANK YOU to Elaine Hall of The Miracle Project for having me visit your improv class and showing the students “Be The Hero In Your Life”!

August 23, 2017, Jay Nolan Community Services, Mission Hills, California

It was great to be back at Jay Nolan to tell their youth about Come to Life! and how they can “Be The Hero” in their lives!

August 19, 2017, Ekata Training Center, Santa Clarita, California

It felt wonderful to give a speech and hold a book signing in my hometown at the place where I discovered the power of meditation which put me on the path to a better life!

August 15, 2017, Los Angeles Police Department Mental Evaluation Unit, Los Angeles, California

Using empathy-based exercises, I educated and trained police officers about autism on behalf of the Autism Society of Los Angeles!

August 3-4, 2017, Texas State Autism Conference, San Antonio, Texas

Presented on “Come to Life: Prioritizing What Really Matters,” participated in a book signing at the Autism Asperger Publishing Company (AAPC) booth and got some wonderful video testimonials about my presentations!  A big “thank you” to Education Service Center Region 2 and the Texas Education Agency!

July 27, 2017, Tierra del Sol Foundation, Van Nuys, California

Empowering and educating new college students on how to “Be The Hero In Your Life”!

July 21, 2017, KHTS AM 1220, Santa Clarita, California

Thank you to George Cummings for conducting my first radio interview on my hometown station!

July 12-15, 2017, Autism Society National Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The world premiere launch of my first book, Come to Life! Your Guide to Self-Discovery, was a HUGE success with all copies of the book being SOLD OUT!  I made many connections and a number of publishers and autism organizations have expressed interest in using Come to Life! with their young people!

July 8, 2017, Wine & Dine Toastmasters, Studio City, California

It was a proud moment for my very first keynote as a published author to be at an advanced Toastmasters club!  As a member of this club, it’s wonderful to see so many of my fellow Toastmasters believing in me, my message and my mission!

June 20, 2017, Jay Nolan Community Services, Mission Hills, California

Thank you to Camille Watkins of Jay Nolan Community Services for letting me put on a “Lunch and Learn” presentation on Be Safe: The Movie for Jay Nolan’s clients and staff!

June 1, 2017, Autism Live, Woodland Hills, California

A big THANK YOU! to Shannon Penrod for having me and my mother on your show to officially announce and discuss the upcoming release of our new book (my first!) called Come to Life! Your Guide to Self-Discovery!

May 22, 2017, Wise Heroes, Sunland, California

It was an honor to be interviewed about my transition from accountant to advocate, to spread hope to young entrepreneurs with and without disabilities and to discuss my keys to success!

April 29, 2017, Los Angeles Public Library, El Sereno Branch, Alhambra, California

It was a full house of consumers, parents and staff of the Eastern LA Regional Center that experienced a Be Safe Interactive Screening!

April 23, 2017, AutFest: International Autism Film Festival, Orange, California

I got to spend some time on the red carpet discussing my views of the movie The Accountant and my time as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune (aired 4/18/2017)!

April 19-22, 2017, Council for Exceptional Children Special Education Convention & Expo, Boston, Massachusetts

Thank you to TeachTown for having me and my mother to present on “Don’t Leave Safety to Chance: Teaching Teens & Adults with ASD How to Interact Safely with Police”!

April 8, 2017, Willmar Senior High School, Willmar, Minnesota

It was an honor to be the opening keynote at The Resource Center Program-West Central Industries U-EMPOWERED conference!  In addition to “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.”, I gave a breakout session, “Tom’s Tips for Telling: How to Tell Your Child About Their Disability.”

April 4, 2017, Improv Toastmasters, Sherman Oaks, California

During the club’s “Improv 2 Improve” workshop, I gave a presentation called “Improv Your Creative Solutions” which utilizes mental flexibility to better your ability to think on your feet and adapt to an unusual situation.

April 4, 2017, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

It was awesome being a guest speaker to discuss “Autism: Breaking Barriers!”

April 4, 2017, Northridge Academy High School, Northridge, California

In recognition of autism awareness/acceptance month, freshmen students asked me a series of questions about autism during a school assembly!

April 3, 2017, Exceptional Minds, Sherman Oaks, California

Alongside my fellow Toastmasters, I informed students of this awesome school about the benefits of joining a Toastmasters club!

March 30, 2017, Webinar, Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, California

Emily Iland and I discussed “Autism and the Criminal Justice System: What Happens When Your Adult Child with ASD Is Detained or Arrested by Police?”

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/688122037330791938

March 8-9, 2017, Porterville Developmental Center, Porterville, California

Emily Iland and I trained teachers, case workers and police officers on how to use “BE SAFE: The Movie” to help their students, clients and community members with disabilities.

March 3, 2017, Moorpark College High School Campus, Moorpark, California

I love educating, inspiring and motivating high school students, with and without disabilities, as they prepare for college and adulthood!

February 28, 2017, Los Angeles Police Department Mental Evaluation Unit, Los Angeles, California

Thank you to The Autism Society of Los Angeles for including me in their training for LAPD MEU police officers and first responders!

February 26, 2017, Tierra del Sol Foundation, Sunland, California

Thank you to The Autism Society of Los Angeles for putting me on their self-advocate speaker’s bureau and for letting me show everyone what I’m made of with my speech “Growing Up With Autism: What I’ve Learned Along the Way”!

February 25, 2017, Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice, California

Thank you to Brighter Future Charity for having me at your art festival to share my mantra “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.”

February 23, 2017, Santa Clarita Public Library, Santa Clarita, California

Thank you to Quest Toastmasters (Club #4643) for inviting me to speak on “Growing Up With Autism: What I’ve Learned Along the Way” and for reminding all of us that “It’s OK to Be Different”!

February 21, 2017, Morgan’s Wonderland, San Antonio, Texas

Co-facilitated a ‘Be Safe’ Interactive Screening at a sensory-friendly theme park bringing police and youth with disabilities together with local news media and police officers from Mexico watching from the audience!

February 18, 2017, Education Service Center Region 20, San Antonio, Texas

Presented on “Be Safe: The Movie” and the AACOG comprehensive training involving self-advocates, police trainers and police officers.

February 15-17, 2017, Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), San Antonio, Texas

Trained young adults with disabilities, police trainers and police officers in a comprehensive session involving all three parties!

February 7, 2017, California State University, Northridge, California

Presented on “Be Safe: The Movie” for the CSUN Center for Teaching and Learning!

February 6, 2017, California State University, Northridge, California

I had the honor of introducing Temple Grandin herself at my alma mater!

January 25, 2017, Family Focus Empowerment Group of CSUN, Chatsworth, California

Presented “Teaching Young Adults How to Be Safe with Police and First Responders” to parents, educators and other supporters of North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC) consumers.

January 18-20, 2017, Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism & Developmental Disabilities, Clearwater Beach, Florida

I covered a LOT of ground at this conference…presenting on “Don’t Leave Safety to Chance: Teaching Teens and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Interact Safely with Police” alongside Emily Iland…my premiere presentation of “E3: Explore, Experience & Evolve.  Helping Youth with Disabilities Find Themselves” AND a poster presentation of “What We’ve Learned Along the Way: Tools to Improve the Transition Process”!  Special thanks to Dianne Porter of Plaid Lizard Design for putting together the poster!

January 9, 2017, Aspire Public School, Huntington Park, California

Thank you to all of the teachers that attended my training on helping students with autism!

January 5, 2017, Autism Works Now, Center for Autism & Related Disorders, Woodland Hills, California

Thank you to Joanne Lara and Susan Osborne of Autism Works Now for having me present “Making Work Work for Individuals With ASD” with emphasis on the interview process!

December 13, 2016, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles, California

With the help of Bruce Wilson of “If I Need Help,” I trained dozens of police officers about identifying the signs of autism and how to assist someone with autism in their community.

December 3, 2016, Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, Stanford, CA

Presented Don’t Leave Safety to Chance: Essential Skills for Interacting Safely with Police and got to see San Francisco for the very first time!

November 16-18, 2016, OCALICON 2016, Columbus, Ohio

Spoke on a panel about self-advocacy and self-determination alongside James Williams and David Petrovic.  I can also confirm that my upcoming book, Come to Life: Navigating the Transition to Adulthood, will be released by Summer 2017!  Thank you to the Autism Asperger Publishing Company (AAPC) for your support and for helping me make this dream a reality!

November 4, 2016, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA

Returned to my Alma mater to present “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” to students with disabilities so that they can make the most out of their college experience!

November 2, 2016, Education Service Center Region 18, Midland, Texas

Presented “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” to students, educators and parents at a transition conference!

October 26, 2016, Canyon High School, Santa Clarita, California

Presented “Be The Hero In Your Life” for the very first time to students in the Yes I Can program!

October 18 & 20, 2016, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles, California

Sharing educational and humorous stories with Erin Wilson of “If I Need Help” along with multiple CHP officers makes my job both enjoyable and worthwhile!

October 17, 2016, Canyon High School, Santa Clarita, California

I talked to students from the Yes I Can program about “BE SAFE: The Movie” and taught them much-needed safety tips and provided self-disclosure tools so they can effectively interact with police and first responders!

October 11, 2016, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles, California

With the help of Erin Wilson of “If I Need Help,” I trained dozens of police officers about identifying the signs of autism and how to assist someone with autism in their community.

October 10, 2016, Canyon High School, Santa Clarita, California

Presented “Come to Life” to the students of the ‘Yes I Can’ class, which promotes unity through music and education and was brought to Santa Clarita in 2001 by my mother, Emily Iland.  Before my presentation, a girl on the autism spectrum came up to me to say that had Yes I Can never been brought to Santa Clarita, she may not be alive today.  This is the reason my mother and I do what we do: to save and improve the lives of people with autism for the better!

September 29, 2016, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles, California

With the help of Bruce Wilson of “If I Need Help,” I trained dozens of police officers about identifying the signs of autism and how to assist someone with autism in their community.

September 20, 2016, Smedley Club One, Irvine, California

I was greatly honored to be invited to the very first Toastmasters club to speak on “Overcoming the Obstacles of Autism.”  Dr. Ralph Smedley would have been proud to witness the firsthand impact his organization has had and continues to have on me.

September 16, 2016, Westside Regional Center, Culver City, California

A big “thank you” to The West Side Tigers for having me and Emily Iland speak about a wide variety of topics from telling your son or daughter he/she has autism, to coming up with a transition plan, to keeping young people safe during police encounters!

August 6, 2016, Little Engine Homecare, San Antonio, Texas

Eight police officers from the San Antonio area and even Police Chief William McManus interacted with youth with disabilities during a BE SAFE Interactive Screening.  A big “thank you” to The Autism Society of Central Texas and the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) for putting on the event as well as KENS5 Eyewitness News and NEWS4 San Antonio for your TV coverage of the event!

August 3-4, 2016, 24th Annual Texas Autism Conference, San Antonio, Texas

I had the unexpected honor of being called ‘da bomb’ by Dr. Stephen Shore during his opening address!  Attendees loved my presentation “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” and Emily Iland’s “Drawing a Blank” presentation was standing room only!

July 21, 2016, Education Service Center Region 12, Waco, Texas

Thank you to everyone that attended “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” as well as Emily Iland’s “Drawing a Blank”!

July 6, 2016, BarneStorming Toastmasters Club, Barnes & Noble, Santa Clarita, California

My speech “Overcoming the Obstacles of Autism” emphasized how Toastmasters helped me and can help those with autism come out of their comfort zone through prepared and improvised speeches!

June 21, 2016, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles, California

With the help of Bruce Wilson and www.ifineedhelp.org, dozens of police officers now know about the signs of autism and how to help someone in the community that has it.

June 10-12, 2016, The Family Cafe, Orlando, Florida

This was one of the largest conferences I had ever been to!  Thankfully, I was safe and sound in my hotel room when the Pulse shooting broke out a few minutes away!

June 8-9, 2016, Wor-Wic Community College, Salisbury, Maryland

The criminal justice department hosted both a Be Safe certificate course AND an interactive screening!  I also had the honor of meeting Patti Saylor!

May 24, 2016, Inclusion Films, Bakersfield, California

Ten years after my appearance in the documentary, Normal People Scare Me, I attended a screening of Normal People Scare Me Too, opening the event with “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.”  Thank you to everyone that made this movie and event possible and for allowing me to share in my success with all of you.

April 22, 2016, Golden Oak Adult School, Santa Clarita, California

It was a pleasure inspiring young adults with autism through my newest presentation, “Be The Hero In Your Life’s Story!”

April 7-8, 2016, Imagine Autism Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Thank you to everyone that attended my presentations of “Come to Life: Prioritizing What Matters Most” and “Be Safe” and also to the University of New Mexico’s Center for Development & Disability for putting on such a wonderful conference!

Autism Society of North Carolina

March 10-12, 2016 Autism Society of North Carolina Closing Keynote Address 

Thank you to all that attended “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” at the ASNC conference! I appreciate all of your positive comments, laughter, clapping and smiles!

January 21-22, 2016 Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism & Developmental Disabilities 17th International Conference, Honolulu Hawaii

I was honored to be the opening keynote speaker at the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism & Developmental Disabilities conference in Honolulu. There was a wonderful turnout and I was delighted with the positive response from those who attended.

My thanks to Dr. David Cihak, president of CEC-DADD and to conference chair Cindy Perras for the opportunity to share my perspective.

November 20, 2015 OCALICON, Columbus, Ohio
The audience was enthusiastic when Emily and Tom Iland presented BE SAFE: Teaching Essential Skills for Interacting Safely with Police.

 

It was great to see familiar faces and meet new people at my presentation “Insider Tips for College” in Pasadena, CA on August 8th.

I had the honor of meeting Temple Grandin in May 2015 when I presented at the Autism Works Now event focused on employing people with autism. I hope to follow in Temple’s footsteps by promoting autism awareness through speaking, training and writing.

Thanks to the Special Needs Network for inviting me to be a panelist at the 10th  Annual Tools for Transformation Conference in April, 2015. The audience was enthusiastic about our discussion on love, relationships, education and employment.

I have worked as a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 2010. Numbers have always come naturally to me and a career in accounting is truly rewarding! Following Temple Grandin’s example, I am working to establish a second career as a presenter and trainer while I keep my day job!

I was thrilled to get my first standing ovation after presenting some personal perspectives at a conference hosted by the San Joaquin County Office of Education during Autism Awareness Month, 2007.

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