An Evening with Russell Lehmann

We are pleased to welcome local author and activist Russell Lehmann on Friday, June 21st at 6:30pm.

Russell Lehmann is an award-winning and internationally recognized motivational speaker, poet, author and advocate who happens to have autism. His words have been featured in the USA Today, LA Times, NPR, Yahoo! News, Autism Speaks and archived in the Library of Congress, reaching over 25 million people worldwide, from America to Norway, Lebanon to Australia.

A council member for the Autism Society of America, Russell has also sat on the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, is a former committee member for the Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders and is the Youth Ambassador for the mayor of Reno, Nevada, Hillary Schieve.

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, read by Temple Grandin and won the award for Literary Excellency at the 2013 International Autistic People’s Awards in Vancouver, Canada.

His new 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”. 

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.

Contact Russell and visit his website at www.TheAutisticPoet.com

Event date: 
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509