Jan 25

Dearborn Press and Guide had a great article

The Dearborn Press and Guide ran an article about former Michigan State University basketball star Anthony Ianni who is the first known individual with autism to play Division 1 college basketball.


MSU basketball star inspires Dearborn students to ‘be the change’ and take a stand against bullying

  • By Scott Bolthouse For The Press & Guide
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“The change starts with each and every single one of you here,” said Anthony Ianni, member of Michigan State University’s 2010 and 2012 Big Ten Champion and Tournament Championship teams, as he spoke to dozens of middle school students Jan. 12 at West Village Academy in Dearborn.

And as the students sat patiently on the basketball court inside the school’s gymnasium listening to Ianni speak on a rainy Thursday morning, the battle being played out on the court didn’t involve any lay-ups, jumps shots, or triple-doubles, but rather, it was a fight against bullying.

Ianni, 28, travels around the country and speaks at various events as an anti-bullying advocate for his “Relentless Tour,” a grassroots initiative designed to help eradicate bullying.

During his motivational speeches, Ianni, who was diagnosed with autism when he was a toddler, pulls from his life experiences to level with the students he speaks to, because the now 6-foot 9-inch tall former MSU center was bullied his whole young life.

“When I was 4 years old, I was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, which is on the autism spectrum,” Ianni said to the students, as he kicked off the event.

A year later, Ianni, then 5, said his family was told by doctors that his chances of achieving things most people see as normal in life, would be extra slim for someone like him, who faces the numerous challenges that come with autism.

“A group of doctors and professionals told my parents that they shouldn’t expect me to do much or be much in life, that I’ll never make it in high school, never go to college, or never be an athlete,” Ianni said. “They said that, after high school, I would be placed into a group institution with other autistic kids for the rest of my life.”

Ianni would prove them wrong by going on to graduate from Michigan State University and becoming the first known individual with autism to play Division I college basketball.

“Each and every single day was different, with an equally difficult challenge,” Ianni said. “One of the biggest obstacles I’ve ever had to overcome in my entire life was bullies.”

Ianni said that kids with autism are the number one targets for bullies at just about every school across the country.

“I was bullied from my kindergarten days until I was a freshman in high school,” Ianni said.

He explained that as a kid, he would say and do things that were out of the ordinary and were different to the other students.

“People always tried to bully and tease me because of that,” he said.

During his presentation, Ianni recalled an instance when he was in elementary school, and how someone who once came to his rescue while he was being bullied turned out to be a traitor.

“There was this one kid — a fifth grader — whenever I would get bullied and picked on by other people, he would walk up to my side and tell the other bullies ‘hey, why don’t you leave my little brother alone?’”

Ianni said that when this student was around, he felt like he had support — like someone had his back. But it was all a trick.

“This guy turned his back on me, took advantage of me, and knew that, because I was born with autism, that I could be tricked into doing and saying things easily,” he said.

Ianni said that one day at recess, the bully pushed his friends aside and tricked him into putting his tongue on a frozen pole.

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Jan 09

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Dearborn Police Department

“ONE TEAM ~ ONE MISSION” Chief Ronald Haddad

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Public safety reaching out to best serve all Dearborn citizens

Dearborn, Mi. —  In an effort to improve service to Dearborn residents with family members with mental health issues or intellectual or physical impairments, the Police and Fire departments have initiated a program so that these special needs can be registered in advance, in case an emergency occurs.
Called the Special Needs 911 Registry, this voluntary program allows residents or family members to alert public safety responders that individuals with special needs live in their home.
Among the conditions that may mean special care is needed from public safety responders are autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, and physical disabilities.
The Special Needs 911 Registry form can be found on the City of Dearborn’s website at this link https://www.cityofdearborn.org/services/public-safety/dearborn-special-needs-registry
You can type “disabilities” into the search box on the website as well.
Registration forms can also be obtained and submitted at the front desk of the Police Department, 16099 Michigan Ave.
Police, fire and EMS staff can be more equipped to serve people with special needs if helpful information is known before they arrive at a scene. It also enhances the safety for all residents.
Chief Ronald Haddad added, “The life-saving information contained in this registry will better prepare our First Responders to help our special-needs community in the event of an emergency.”
For full details, view this message on the web.

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Oct 21

Metro Allstars Special Olympics Team

The first resource will be a Parent Letter for anyone interested in joining the Metro Allstars Special Olympics Team. It is a new and free team that meets twice a week. The letter explains why joining a team like this is beneficial for student and how to contact the coordinator to get started.


2016-2017 Metro Allstars Special Olympics Team


Dear Parents & students,

Special Olympics gives students the opportunity to be active with other students within their ability level.

Athletes develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy while participating in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship among their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. The athletes achieve their dreams with the support of caring volunteers, coaches, family members and staff.

The team offers different sports throughout the year; basketball, track & field, bocce ball and bowling. The athletes can compete in area events as well as state games.

  • On Tuesday, the Metro Allstars Basketball team meets from 6:15 – 7:30pm.
  • The 1st Wednesday of every month is the parent, caregiver, athlete meeting.
  • On Saturdays, we’re bowling at Cherry Hill Lanes from 12:00 noon – 2:00pm.



We participate in fundraising events throughout the year to raise money for uniforms, new equipment, jackets, etc.

If you‘d like to check it out and see if it’s something you would like to participate in; please stop by any Tuesday or Saturday until the end of the school year and try it out.


Contact Mrs. Lica, the Metro Allstars Special Olympics team coordinator at SOMetroAllStars@gmail.com.

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Oct 21


Welcome to my blog! I am excited for a new year. I plan on using my blog more. I’ve added tabs to this blog for each of the classes I teach. When you visit you only need to subscribe to the page for your students class or to click on the tab with your students class to get updated information on what they re doing in their physical education class. Please subscribe to your students class blog to get emails when I update each page. I will post resources to the front page periodically. To find your child’s class activities please refer to the tabs above.

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Oct 13

Notice for AOL Email Accounts

Dear Parents,

If you are an AOL email user, please be aware that you may not receive email notifications due to AOL policies. We are working to resolve this issue with AOL.

Thank you for your patience while we work with AOL to make sure you get classroom notifications from your teacher.


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Dec 04


I’ve added tabs to this blog for each of the classes I teach. When you visit you only need to subscribe to the page for your students class or to click on the tab with your student to get updated information on what they are doing in their physical education class.

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Nov 19

Hello and Welcome

This is my new class blog. Please be patient as I try to figure out how I want it to look and how best to get information out to all the parents of the wide range of students that  I teach. Each day I start my day at the Michael Berry Career Center where I teach Health/Adapted PE to Ms. Jodway’s MOCI class. Next I travel to Edsel Ford High School where I teach Adapted PE with Mr. Williams to Ms. Lica’s MOCI class. Finally I travel to Stout where I teach Adapted PE with Ms. Sheri and Ms. Clement to Mr. Planck’s POHI class and I co-teach with Mr. V the last 2 hours of the day with Ms. Poloni and Ms. Korstjen’s classes with the help of Ms. Bradley and Ms. Bazzi.

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Oct 30

Welcome to iBlog

Welcome to iBlog Teacher Websites Sites. This is your brand new classroom website.  There are some things you should do to get started.  Hopefully you have been following the Getting Started Tutorials and Step Sheets.

It is important that you edit your profile so that you can choose your school and grade level as this will help parents and students find your website.  Look for the link in the upper right when you are logged in.

Here are some resources to help you with iBlog:

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