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A collection of stories, experiences and uplifting tales regarding the world of disabilities and the individuals who have them.

Former MSU basketball player with autism leads anti-bullying campaign

Nava Silton

Anthony Ianni smashed doctors’ expectations. When Ianni was diagnosed with autism, doctors told his parents that he would have a tough time graduating high school and that college was pretty much out of the questions and he would most likely end up living in a group home. Ianni seriously proved them wrong. Not only did he go to college, but he also was a Division I college basketball player. Ianni played for Michigan State, one of the best basketball programs in the state from 2009 to 2012. In that time his team won two Big Ten Championships, a Big Ten Tournament title and made an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Ianni graduated MSU with a degree is sociology and is now employed at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights where he heads an anti-bullying campaign. In an interview with Michigan Radio, Ianni discusses his experience with bullying, how he speaks to bullies and his advice for kids who face bullies in their own lives. Listen to the full interview here.