Russell Lehmann is a 26-year-old motivational speaker, poet, author, and autism acceptance advocate who just happens to have autism. He sits on the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, is a board member for the Autism Coalition of Nevada while also chairing their statewide Youth Advisory Committee, and is the Youth Ambassador for the mayor of Reno, Nevada, Hillary Schieve.
Russell showed signs of autism as a newborn, however he was not formally diagnosed until the age of 12 after suffering through 5 weeks in a lock down psychiatric facility. In 2011 Russell wrote a book titled “Inside Out: Stories and Poems from an Autistic Mind” which was featured in the LA Times, earned an Honorable Mention at the 2012 NY Book Festival, read by Temple Grandin and won the award for Literary Excellency at the 2013 International Autistic People’s Awards in Vancouver, Canada.
Russell currently travels the country spreading hope, awareness, acceptance, belief and tolerance while also setting his sights on erasing the stigma and stereotypes that come with being on the autism spectrum, as well as promoting equal opportunity and community inclusion. Russell’s passion is to be a voice for the unheard, for he knows how difficult and frustrating it is to go unnoticed.
Steve is the Founder and CEO of Platinum Bay Technologies, a software products and services company designed from the ground up to successfully employ Autistic adults in software engineering careers at market salary and benefits.
Steve has been a successful software engineer for over seventeen years and is a four-time Microsoft MVP Award recipient. Since discovering his own Autism in 2012 at the age of 33, Steve has dedicated his life to creating Understanding, Acceptance, Inclusion, and Opportunity for Autistic individuals everywhere.
Steve has been a frequent speaker at over 130 events across North America and engages diverse audiences including families and individuals, educators, and business professionals.
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