Russell Lehmann is an award-winning and internationally recognized thought leader, public speaker, poet, and advocate who happens to have autism. His words have been featured in the USA Today, LA Times, NPR, Yahoo! News, Autism Speaks, Success Magazine and archived in the Library of Congress.
A graduate of MIT’s “Leadership in the Digital Age” course, Russell sits on numerous national boards such as the board of directors for The Arc of the US and the Autism Society of America. He is also a consultant for the US Department of Justice, restructuring our criminal justice system in a more equitable fashion for those with disabilities.
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 and won the award for Literary Excellency at the 2013 International Autistic People’s Awards in Vancouver, Canada.
Russell’s second book “On the Outside Looking In” recently hit bookstores nationwide.
In 2018, Russell was named as Reno-Tahoe’s “Most Outstanding Young Professional Under 40”.
In 2019, Russell lectured for the prestigious King’s College of London. He has also presented for numerous other international entities.
Named the 2022 Advocate of the Year by the Autism Society of America, Russell currently travels the world spreading hope, awareness and compassion in a raw and dynamic fashion, while also setting his sights on erasing the stigma and stereotypes that come with having a disability. Russell’s passion is to be a voice for the unheard, for he knows how difficult and frustrating it is to go unnoticed.
The Complex World of Autism & Mental Illness
Mental Health and Invisible Disabilities
Disability and the Criminal Justice System
Social Justice and Societal Equity
Leading with Compassion
Find Success Through Struggles
First Responder Training