-Speaker, Author, Poet, Advocate-
Russell Lehmann is a highly sought-after motivational speaker, author, poet and advocate, who just happens to have autism.
His work has been featured on NPR, in the L.A. Times, Autism Speaks, Yahoo! News, USA Today, WorldStar HipHop, and archived in the Library of Congress, reaching over 25 million people in countries all across the world, from Argentina to Norway, Lebanon to Australia.
“A few years ago, I made a promise to myself that all the pain, anguish and agony that I have encountered would not be in vain. I made a commitment to use my experiences, and what I have learned from them, to help others overcome their challenges. I am here to give others support, inspiration and hope. I’m here to show the world that you can overcome any challenge that comes your way, and that every obstacle that confronts you, is just another chance for you to attain knowledge and personal growth.
Above all, I am here to show the world that I embrace my challenges, and that we should all embrace our challenges. Yes, they make us who we are, but they do so much more than that. They inspire hope, change, accomplishment, and yes, belief. Our challenges inspire belief. The one thing that we all need to attain our goals, we receive when we embrace the challenges we are dealt.”
Russell was appointed to, and serves as:
Council Member, Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
Founding Member, Kulture City Speaker’s Bureau
Youth Ambassador, City of Reno, Nevada