(661) 313-3323 tom@thomasiland.com


Educating, inspiring and motivating everyone
impacted by autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Tom Iland was diagnosed with autism at 13, and has worked hard to achieve many of his goals: full-time employment, driving, living in his own apartment, becoming a Certified Public Accountant, speaking at the United Nations, running two marathons and having a girlfriend.

He has presented numerous workshops and trainings for: The United States Army, The Autism Society of America, The Council of Exceptional Children, Future Horizons, The HELP Group, Autism Conferences of America, and Loyola-Marymount University just to name a few. He is also on the Board of Directors for a number of not-for-profit organizations including Autism Speaks, The Art of Autism, and Junior Chamber International.



Tom Iland is the world’s first Accredited Speaker with Autism

Toastmaster’s  Accredited Speaker distinction is reserved for the finest professional speakers in the world, who fulfill numerous criteria and then compete for the honor in front of a huge live audience. Now imagine having autism and meeting that challenge, because that’s exactly what Tom did! Watch his live “audition” for the Accredited Speaker title to learn more about autism and this outstanding young man. 

Tom is one of only 87 Accredited Speakers in the world, and the only one with autism He is poised and ready to share his positive energy and inspiring messages as a keynote speaker, corporate diversity trainer and consultant to organizations across the country.  Contact Tom to book him for your next event!

Parents, educators and self-advocates tell me they’re inspired by my presentations. Topics include my mantra from Come to Life, “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.”

Come to Life: Your Guide to Self-Discovery by Thomas W. Iland & Emily D. Iland. This exciting new book helps youth discover important truths about themselves and shape their futures.

Come to Life

Come to Life helps youth engage in an active process of self-discovery to shape their own futures.
Come to Life is an incredibly engaging, optimistic and forward-looking work, based on the wisdom of Tom Iland, a respected and wise autistic self-advocate, and Emily Iland, his mother and a seasoned professional in the field of autism. Infused with Tom’s personal life experiences, it provides a vast array of self-discovery activities and resources designed to increase each child or adult’s self-awareness, confidence, self-acceptance and understanding of one’s autism as an essential foundation of one’s identity. It is a cutting-edge work that is designed to help an individual explore the gifts autism may bring, as well as effective strategies to address its inherent challenges. I highly recommend this book for parents, professionals, and most of all, for autistic people. Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Adjunct Professor, Brown University & Author of 'Uniquely Abled'

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