Anti-bullying speaker to visit East Campus March 7

Anthony Ianni

Anti-bullying speaker to visit East Campus March 7

18 Jan 2018    By Kelcey Buck

Anthony Ianni, an anti-bullying motivational speaker, will visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus to share his story of living with Autism and his message to “Live Your Dream.” Ianni’s presentation is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Nebraska East Union.

The event, presented by the Kids & Dreams Foundation, is being hosted by the Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. It is free and open to anyone to attend.

Ianni was bullied at a young age. He was told he would struggle to graduate from high school, and would most likely be unable to live alone as an adult.

Instead, Ianni completed high school and attended Michigan State University, where he graduated with a degree in sociology, while also being the first known individual with autism to play NCAA Division I basketball. He was a member of two Big Ten Championship teams and the 2010 Final Four team while playing for the Spartans.

“We wanted to bring Anthony to Nebraska to shed light on the fact that we aren’t just teachers or clinicians for people with disabilities, but we also have to be their advocate,” said Sue Kemp, associate professor of practice and faculty adviser to Nebraska’s SCEC chapter. “We have to develop relationships so they feel safe to share when they are bullied so that we, as adults, can intervene appropriately and hopefully minimize this trauma. We also valued the opportunity to hear from someone who personally navigated this journey and get his perspective on what might have been done differently in order to shape our future practices.”

He now tours the country speaking to students about preventing bullying and reaching for their goals. Click here to learn more about Ianni and his message.


Special Education and Communication Disorders