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People and Events

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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