Presenter Biography Emily
Ms. Iland also designed the content and activities and for the LAPD/Autism Society of Los Angeles’ celebrated Mission Possible program. The first portion of Mission Possible involves training the police about autism. The next step is pairing officers with students with autism to learn safety skills from one another, develop relationships and build trust. Ms. Iland now brings a more feasible version of Mission Possible to communities across the country with Experience Autism® and BE SAFE.
Emily’s new film, BE SAFE The Movie, uses video modeling to explicitly teach young adults with ASD and other disabilities how to interact safely with the police. The Companion Curriculum guide provides lessons, activities, materials
Emily is passionate about a two-sided solution for safety. She is inspired by personal experience as the mother of an adult son with autism, extensive involvement in the autism/disability community as an advocate and leader, and her relationships with thousands of police she
One heartbreaking story that fuels her passion is that of Ethan Saylor, a young man with Down Syndrome who died in an encounter with police. His mother Patti Saylor sums up the importance of programs like Experience Autism® and BE SAFE saying,
“When you know someone with a disability and have a relationship with that person, it changes your whole being and perspective. At the local level, we have a real opportunity to build relationships with our local law enforcement and public sector officials, the ones that are on the
Presenter Biography Tom
I was diagnosed with autism at age 13, and have worked hard to achieve many of my goals: full-time employment, driving, living in my own apartment, having a girlfriend and becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). I’m a graduate of California State University Northridge and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
I have written an award-winning new book titled Come to Life: Your Guide to Self-Discovery, sharing practical suggestions based on experience to help parents, educators and other self-advocates find the motivation in themselves to embrace adulthood. I enjoy public speaking and offer unique insights with heart and humor in my engaging presentations.
As a young man with autism, I have extensive, first-hand experience in looking for and obtaining employment, creating and maintaining relationships, practicing and educating about safety with law enforcement, and advice about the benefits of making someone’s autism known to them as opposed to being kept a secret.
I have work experience