July 4, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Less than two months after receiving his bachelor's degree in sociology and less than four months after finishing his Spartan basketball career, Anthony Ianni has found himself in a leadership position to better the lives of the citizens of Michigan. Tuesday, he was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder as one of 12 initial members of the state's new Autism Council.
"It's a great honor and a privilege to be a part of the Governor's Autism Council," Ianni said. "I wanted to join this group because I want to help make an impact on people whose lives are affected by autism. I want to help make a difference in people's lives not only in the great state of Michigan, but throughout the nation."
The 12-member council was announced in June and will operate within the state Department of Community Health (DCH) to oversee Michigan's Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) State Plan.
"The Michigan Autism Council will help coordinate our state plan and help make sure individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families can live better lives," Snyder said. "I thank the appointees for their willingness to serve and eagerness to make a positive difference in the lives of others."
Executive Order 2012-11 created the council as an advisory body to review, adopt and implement the State Plan. The plan will provide for comprehensive, lifespan supports to individuals with ASD and their families through access to information and resources, coordination of services and implementation of evidence-based practices. The council must update the plan every year.
Ianni played two seasons at Michigan State after spending the first two years of his collegiate career at Grand Valley State. As a junior in 2010-11, he was the recipient of MSU's Tim Bograkos Award. This past season, he won his first varsity letter and was the co-recipient of MSU's Unsung Player Award.