Tom Iland, Nationally Known Autism Self-Advocate and Author to Speak at the 2019 Forum
Tom Iland is a successful adult who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 13. He is currently employed as a Certified Public Accountant and engages in an active work and social life. Tom is also known for being an inspiring speaker and author. He is a Distinguished ToastMaster, an honor reserved for a select group of speakers worldwide with extensive training and years of experience.
As a young man with autism, Tom has extensive, first-hand experience in looking for and obtaining employment, creating and maintaining relationships, practicing and educating about safety with law enforcement, and giving advice about the benefits of making someone’s autism known, instead of being kept a secret.
Tom’s recent book, Come to Life: Your Guide to Self-Discovery, offers practical suggestions based on experience to help parents, educators and other self-advocates find the motivation in themselves to embrace adulthood.
Registration for the Forum is open through April 15th or until we reach maximum capacity. To register, send an email here. Include your name, contact information, professional affiliation and a brief statement of what you hope to gain from attending the forum.
Lodging and meals (breakfast and lunch) are provided. Because registration for the forum will probably exceed the number of hotel rooms available, please consider commuting if travel to Dominican University in River Forest, IL, is convenient.