Russell Lehmann is a highly sought-after motivational speaker, author, poet and advocate. He just happens to have autism, along with anxiety, OCD and depression.
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 with autism, anxiety, OCD and depression, 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.”
2018 Reno-Tahoe "Most Outstanding Young Professional Under 40"
2018 Certificate of Induction: Self-Advocate Leadership Circle - National Association for Councils on Developmental Disabilities
2018 Office of Governor Brian Sandoval: Certificate of Recognition for "Unwavering advocacy and education"
2017 Story Archived in Library of Congress
2017 International Naturally Autistic People’s Awards (INAPA) Community Achievement Award
2013 International Naturally Autistic People’s Awards (INAPA) Excellence in Literary Arts Award
2012 New York Book Festival: Honorable Mention - Poetry
Board Member, Autism Society of America - Panel of People on the Spectrum of Autism Advisors (PSA)
Board Member, Autism Coalition of Nevada
Youth Ambassador, City of Reno, Nevada
Founding Member, Kulture City Speaker’s Bureau
Former Member, Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
Former Member, Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - Adult Services and Resources Subcommittee
-Speaker, Author, Poet, Advocate-