Skip navigation

Calls to Action

10 Talented Individuals with Autism who Inspired in 2014

December 17, 2014

In 2014, we were blown away by the amazing achievements from members of our community! This list is based on popular content published our web site this year.

Anthony Ianni

Anthony is one of the tallest advocates we have in our community today. Diagnosed with autism at 4, Anthony went on to become the first individual on the autism spectrum to play college basketball under coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State University. After his 4 years on the team he sought out to become of the most prolific anti-bullying speakers in the country. 

Michael Korins

Michael is a young man on the autsim spectrum who has found a passion for singing. In 2012, Mike auditioned for America's Got Talent. In 2013, he was selected as one of 8 "Genius of Autism" honorees. Today, Mike is also a motivational speaker. In his spare time he does covers of popular songs on his Youtube Page here.

Ann Kagarise

Ann is the Assistant Director at IDEA House Educational Services, a published author, a journalist, a photographer, conselor, and volunteer in her community. This year Ann wrote a heart warming blog about her experiences as one of the only teachers in the country who also happens to be on the autism spectrum. 

Dani Bowman

Dani, a 18-year-old woman on the autism spectrum has accomplished many feats in her life. When she was 11 years old she started an organization called Powerlight Studios, a sole proprietorship, focused on ainmation, illustration and graphic arts. Dani today is a speaker and has published and illustrated 5 books. 

Grant Manier

Grant is an eco-artist who is on the autism spectrum. He uses things such as paper to make works of art where he makes portraits, calendars and much more. Along with his art work he is also a speaker and has worked with Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin says of Grant, "Grant's artwork is fabulous and his images are beautiful. Grant has attained the status of being a professional artist. 

Amy Gravino

Amy is the founder of her own business, A.S.C.O.T Coaching, LLC, through which she coaches other students on the spectrum through the college process. Amy is also an autism advocate and serves on the board of several non-profit agencies as a voice for individuals on the spectrum, including a member of the Autism Speaks Communications Committee. Amy was also a finalist in the '30 Under 30' Campaign highlighting adults with autism under the age of 30! Earlier this year, Amy gave her first TEDxTalk at Seton Hall University. Follow Amy on Facebook and Twitter.

Peter Cestaro

Peter, a gifted 11-year-old boy with autism from New Haven, Conneticut, is entertaining our community with his amazing singing abilities. Peter, who was diagnosed with autism at age two, found a knack for singing when he was five at one of his friends karaoke parties when he broke out of his shell to sing Flo Rida's hit song "Low." Since then, with the help of his mother Julie, Peter and his family are hoping he will become one of the next big singing sensations in the United States. Also this year, Peter landed a small role on "Orange is The New Black"

Kerry Magro

Kerry is Autism Speaks' Social Media Coordinator and the founder of KFM Making a Difference in the Community. This is Kerry's 4th year as a national motivational speaker and has spoken at over 400 venues across the country through the National Speakers Association. This year Kerry gave an inspiring talk about his life on the autism spectrum at J.P Morgan Chase, a TEDxTalk in Jersey City, won the "30 Under 30 Campaign" highlighting individuals with autism under the age of 30 and came out with his 2nd book 'Autism and Falling in Love.' In addition he also played Santa Claus for 70 autism families for the holiday season! Contact Kerry here and follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Jeremy Sicile-Kira

Jeremy is a young adult on the autism spectrum who today is a painter, speaker, and writer. In 2012 he co-authored his first book with his mother Chantal Sicile-Kira in "A Full Life With Autism: From Learning to Relationships to Acheiving Independence." In 2007, Jeremy was also featured in MTV's documentary series True Life in an episode titled "I Have Autism."

Erin Clemens 

Erin is the founder of her own business, an autism advocate, public speaker, blogger and fundraiser. Erin creates Autism Awareness Duct Tape Bracelets and her profits go toward helping others on the spectrum. Erin this year gave a TEDxTalk in West Chester. Erin was also a finalist in the '30 Under 30' Campaign highlighting adults with autism under the age of 30!

Read our 10 Amazing Individuals with Autism who Shined in 2013 list here

Who would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments! Have a story about an experience you've had being on the autism spectrum? Share it with us at InOurOwnWords@autismspeaks.org!