Joel Anderson is a sought after and seasoned assembly speaker. Joel encourages students from kindergarten to college. His unique perspective and direct manner captures students' attention immediately. He explains what is feels like to have autism. Students listen with rapt attention to his multi-sensory presentation including firsthand testimonial, interactive art, singing in unison, and narrating the books he's written and illustrated. He is always willing to answer any questions the students may have.
Joel encourages students to make a friend by being a friend, to have courage and not be afraid of bullies, and to stick up for someone in need. Joel shares how everyone has a purpose and encourages students to follow their dream. Whether for Ability Awareness or at other times in the school year, Joel's example inspires all ages.
As an International Speaker, Joel has enjoyed being a keynote Speaker for Autism Conferences in
Canada - 2012; Jiaozuo, China - July 2013; Nanjing, China - 2015 with Amity International/Joni & Friends International; The Disability Awareness Conference in California, USA -2017; and in Lima, Peru - 2017 with Miracle139 International.
For more information on fees and availability,
you can reach Joel on his contact page.
Thanks you for coming and saying everything you reminded me to treat everyone the same and not to bully or be rude to anyone because of a disability
You're an excellent artist, songwriter, author, and singer. The kids like singing along with you and we'll be singing those songs for a long time
Thank you for coming to our school and sharing with us. You are my hero. You've inspired me to draw and be creative. I know it must be tough for you. If I ever see a guy picking on an autism kid. Then I will stick up for him
Principal La Costa Heights Elementary