Podcast Episode

Celebrating Neurodiversity – Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month – Best Selling Author Thomas Iland – Episode # 65

April 22, 2021

'Life doesn't come to you, it's up to YOU to come to LIFE!"

– Tom Iland

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month and we have a special guest today who’s on the autism spectrum and he talks about the evolution of the conversation and narrative around autism, as it pertains to his life. This episode is packed with sound advice for parents, leaders and people on the spectrum on how to support Neurodiversity in our homes and workplace.


Thomas Iland was diagnosed with autism at 13 years old. Since accepting his diagnosis, Thomas has been recognized as an award-winning author and emerging thought leader. He left his career as a certified public accountant in 2015 to become a keynote speaker, certified human potential coach, and diversity, equity & inclusion consultant. He is now the owner of Come To Life Coaching, which is based on the title of his bestselling book, “Come to Life! Your Guide to Self-Discovery.”

His mission is to empower individuals on and off the autism spectrum to live the life of their choice. Thomas has spoken at the United Nations, gave a TEDx talk titled, “How To Come To Life,” and is the only Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker with autism in the world. Thomas currently lives in Santa Clarita, California, with his dog, Bridget, and recently received Junior Chamber International’s prestigious “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” (TOYA) Award! This is a great show with great tips for us all.


So don't forget, 'Life doesn't come to you, it's up to YOU to come to life!" – Tom Iland


Come To Life Website

TED Talk: Come To Life

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