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I offer inspiring keynote presentations, breakout sessions and workshops for parents, educators, other professionals, self-advocates, businesses and community organizations.

Here are some of my most popular topics, some of which I co-present with my mother; Autism Specialist, Emily Iland, M.A. Contact me to book or customize a presentation for your organization, group or event!

  • Guided tours of my new book, Come to Life! Your Guide to Self-Discovery.
  • Come to Life: Prioritizing What Matters Most including evidence-based guidance and insider secrets to help youth succeed in adult life.
  • Inspiring presentations for Evidence-Based Predictors of Success in Transition. Data on the adult outcomes of youth with disabilities, especially those with autism, are discouraging. This presentation examines the data from outcome studies and explores evidence-based options to improve outcomes.
  • Self-Advocacy & Self-Disclosure of Disability How can adults with disabilities get the help they need once the entitlements of special education end? Self-disclosure is a central part of the answer to this question. This presentation explores the pros and cons of the issue, along with ways to self-disclose a disability.
  • Adolescence & Sexuality Autism doesn’t stop the process of physically growing up and developing a sexual identity! This presentation explores how to help those with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) understand the changes of puberty, and concepts including privacy, boundaries and relationships.
  • Autism & College Even the most academically capable students with ASD face challenges in college. The demands of college life can amount to social, communication, sensory, behavioral and practical challenges for those on the spectrum. This presentation focuses on preparing individuals with ASD to be successful in college and/or suggests ways of providing support to those who are already there.
  • Finding Work that Works for Those with Autism Not everyone can be a video game designer or astronaut. This presentation presents a novel way to help youth with ASD explore options and have experiences that can lead to a desirable career path.
  • Adult Relationships Most individuals with ASD want to love and be loved. This desire can take many forms, ranging from friendship to sexual relationships. This presentation explores ways to support youth and adults in their search for meaningful (and safe) connections with others.
  • Growing Up with Autism: What I’ve Learned Along the Way Emily Iland and her son Tom share evidence-based guidance and insider secrets to help youth succeed in adult life. Inspiring presentations for parents, educators, other professionals and self-advocates are based on their new book, Come to Life! Your Guide to Self-Discovery (Available now at ThomasIland.com).

Topics that can be presented by Emily alone, Tom alone, or Emily and Tom together include:

  • Transition to Adulthood: One Family’s Journey Tom Iland is a successful adult with ASD who lives on his own, drives, graduated from college, became a Certified Public Accountant, works and has an active social life. We share the inspiring story of how he achieved these things, and what you can do to help youth with ASD realize their potential!
  • Overcoming the Obstacles of Autism
  • Making Work, Work for Individuals with ASD: The Secrets No One Else is Telling You
  • What to Know Before You Go: Insider Secrets to Prepare for Community College or University Life
  • Romance, Relationships and ASD: Lessons from the Heart
  • BE SAFE: How to Interact Safely with Police
  • Autism Presentations

As a mother herself, Emily is dedicated to empowering other parents through education and training. She presents a wide range of topics in both English and Spanish, including:

  • Understand Autism (Autism 101)
  • How to Tell Your Child About Their Autism
  • Autism in the Family: Dealing with the Impact
  • Sibling Issues & Family Balance

Tom Iland

Tom presenting for the San Joaquin County Office of Education


Talking to Your Child about Autism: When, Why and How PROGRAM DESCRIPTION When, why and how should parents explain autism to their child? Many parents worry about this. This presentation examines why autism should not be kept a secret from the person who has it. Tom shares “Tom’s Tips for Telling,” steps to help individuals with autism understand their strengths and challenges. He addresses when the time might be right for the discussion. He also explores how to share information about ASD with siblings and classmates to create greater acceptance and support. ABSTRACT When, why and how should parents talk to their child or teen about their disability? Many parents worry about this and are not sure what to do. Educators and others wonder what they can do to help. This presentation examines reasons why it is important to be open about a person’s strengths and challenges, and not keep autism a secret from the person who has it. Tom shares “Tom’s Tips for Telling,” steps to help individuals with autism understand their strengths and challenges. He addresses when the time might be right for the discussion. Tom also explores how to share information about ASD with siblings and classmates to create greater acceptance and support. Participants will:

  1. Understand why people with autism need to know about their condition or special needs
  2. Consider different options for “telling” their child or help students become self-aware
  3. Reflect on when the time is right to tell the child/teen
  4. Recognize the need to share information with siblings, classmates and other peers
  5. Decide on ways to share information with siblings, classmates and other peers, including collaborating with others to create greater support
  6. Explore the connection between self-awareness and self-advocacy skills, especially critical as youth with ASD become adults

Other topics include:

  • Growing Up with Autism: What I’ve Learned Along the Way
  • Overcoming the Obstacles of Autism
  • Come to Life: Prioritizing What Matters Most
  • Making Work Work for Individuals with ASD: The Secrets No One Else is Telling You
  • What to Know Before You Go:  Insider Secrets to Prepare for Community College or University Life
  • Romance, Relationships and ASD: Lessons from the Heart
  • BE SAFE: How to Interact Safely with Police

Contact me to arrange a consultation or presentation for your organization or group!

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