Everyday you have the opportunity to motivate, inspire and educate the student body you steward. With all the distractions in today’s society the difficulty of this job is increasing.
So allow Racing With Autism to help you.
Book us for our one hour presentation and allow us to make a tangible difference at your school.
Our presentation is based on the real life story of a young boy with Autism and his struggles with his school and social life. During that struggle he never lost sight of his dream of one day becoming a race car driver.
Today he is Austin Riley, a teenager who has become one of the best racers in the world – a three time champion in fact.
His story has been featured in newspapers, magazines and on TV the world over.
We have presented Austin’s story to rave reviews at schools all over North America, Australia and Bermuda.
If your goal with your students is inspiration, for them to be motivated to make a difference in this world, contact Racing with Autism to book your presentation today. Dates are limited.
You can reach us at racingwithautism@gmail.com or at 416-986-3241

We want to share Austin’s story with as many people as possible. If you wish to make a donation it would be greatly appreciated and would go towards our next Autism Awareness Tour.   Have a look below and see what some some of the schools we have recently presented at have to say…..

“Hillside would like to thank you all of your team for coming out and making a presentation for our grades 3-8 recognizing World Autism Awareness Day. It was an honour meeting you all and listening to your experience. We weren’t sure what to expect, but may I tell you that I haven’t seen the community this engaged in an assembly. Afterwards, I had so many staff, parents and students comment on what a moving story you shared. A male grade six student thanked me for arranging it and then said, “That was so powerful. I wanted to cry.” Your words Jason, did indeed bring many of us to tears. You made us aware of the isolation, fears and emotions that go hand in hand when your life is impacted by Autism. And then to hear Austin speak made us feel so privileged! Your messages touched our hearts and stirred up an empathy people will not forget. May you always race with happiness. Thanks again for making us ‘aware’!!!”

Joyce Lehman Hillside Public School

 

“Hello, I had the absolute privilege of listening to your presentation in school this morning.  I feel I wanted to say how truly inspiring Austin and you, his family are. I was extremely touched by Austin’s journey & I was humbled by the reaction of our pupils, some of who I’m sure can relate in many ways.  Days come & go by so quickly in our hectic lives, however I’m pretty sure today will be remembered by so many of us for a very long time, it was most definitely one of the highlights of me working in education.”    

Adele Cadman Teacher Southam College Year 7 Southam England

 
Thank you & best wishes for your journey ahead 🏁 x”Thank you so much for coming to our school.  I will remember that day for the test of my life! You have inspired me to follow my dreams.. because if Austin can… what is stopping me?”                                                                                                                                          

Dylan Willis Student Year 7 Southam College Southam England

 

“Thanks for the great assembly really made me look at autism in a completely different way ❤ very emotional and inspiring keep on going Austin and family keep spreading the awareness and I wish u all the luck”                                                                                                                                                                                        

Amy Latus Student Year 8 Southam College Southam England

 

“Amazing assembly thank you! It was so inspiring and taught us that no matter what we can always achieve our goals in life”                                                                                                                                                              

Alex Mckie Student Year 8 Southam College Southam England

 

“It was beautiful not just to hear that autism was finally being spoken about in my old school, but to see how much it inspired my sister and to see her proud, embracing her autism and motivating her to achieve her dreams. Thank you for speaking to the school and her personally, and keep up the fantastic work.”

Lauren Williams Southam College Southam England

“My son was in the audience at Southam College, your presentation touched him like I have never seen before! He began to tell me with excitement but became choked up and tearful. He said the words ” the film made me sad but happy at the same time because it showed me that people with autism can achieve”. His 10 year old brother has autism, whom he doesn’t really identify with and finds rather annoying but I saw a wave of love and relief as my son told me that he is glad that his brother will achieve!! Thank you Austin! You have given two brothers in a difficult world a connection”                                                                              

Katie Richards Southam College Southam England

 

“My son attends Griffithstown school and he hasn’t stopped talking about Austin since he came home today! He has watched his videos on you tube over and over again all evening. I think Austin has a new fan!!”                                                                                                                                                                              

Debbie Batchelor Griffithstown Primary Ponypool Wales

 

“Thank you for sharing your personal journey with all of us. It was truly moving and very inspirational.  I shed a tear watching your video & shared in your proud moments along with the rest of the audience.  Austin is such a wonderful young man & we are all bursting with pride with just him being his wonderful self.”                                                                                                                                                                                    

Vee McMath Autism Expo Brunel University London England

 

“Hello Jason, I need you to know how totally inspiring myself, the staff and most importantly the students found the session you ran on Friday at Southam. I had students coming to see me all day to ask when you were coming back and would they get to see you all again. Austin is an incredible young man, but what was certain was that yourself and Shane most certainly did not give yourselves enough credit for your dedication to ensuring Austin is able to reach his potential. Austin is extremely lucky to have such wonderful people by his side, and I spoke with one of my Autistic students yesterday who said, and I quote, “I think this is what my mum has been trying to tell me, I can do anything, I think she believes in me as much as Austin’s dad believes in him”. She totally read the situation and she read it beautifully. So much so on the way to my lesson,  she was on her way back to see you to say thank you.  Thank you so much for coming back to Southam, 

Hopefully see you all in your next tour of the UK 🇬🇧 have a safe trip home.”
Kate Adele Poole Head Year 8 Southam College Southam England

 

“Hands down the best school assembly we’ve ever had. Staff and students have been talking about this all day and Austin’s story will continue to generate rich discussions in classrooms from grades 1-8 for days and weeks to come. In my 15+ years of teaching, I have never been so moved or inspired by a guest speaker, nor witnessed an entire student body react with such engagement and enthusiasm. Bravo Austin, Dad, and the entire team/crew!!! Keep on Racing with Autism!!!”

Stephanie Joy Femia Teacher

Red Maple Public School

 

“I would like to thank you on behalf of St. Edward School for the presentation. The presentation sent a powerful message and it had the students, parents and also the staff here are still talking about it. Austin is really blessed to have a wonderful family to support him. Keep up the good work! We also want to wish Austin all the best and may he blessed with many more success in his journey with racing. He is an inspiration to everyone.”

Maury Thevathas

St Edward Catholic School

 

“Captivating. The best word I can find to describe the Racing With Autism assembly. Austin and his racing crew had the attention of students right as they walked into the gymnasium. They were intrigued by the large posters and Austins prize go kart! You could have heard a pin drop that morning, as students were listening attentively to Austin’s story.
Austin’s story is especially special for me as I was fortunate to have him in my Senior Kindergarten class. Austin would ALWAYS be talking and asking questions about cars. He had a few in his backpack, and you could usually catch him walking/running around the classroom pretending to be a car. Engine noises were a common sound. In my daily teaching, I remember trying to get Austin’s attention with cars. It was the only was he would sit and listen. We even made toy cars that year, with races to teach Science, language and Math.
It was a joy to have him in my class, and it was an absolute delight to see him take his passion for cars to a new level with not just racing but educating others too!

Austins visit has inspired our Red Maple students. For days and even weeks after, you could still hear students talking about him.
Amazing presentation! ”
Thank you Austin and your racing crew!
Khadija Xenos
Red Maple Public School

“Your presentation at our school was the most touching and inspiring presentation I have ever seen. It spoke to me as a father, and as a special education advocate. Austin’s story is inspiring as well.

Keep the message going. You are all making a difference.”

Shawn Smyth
SERT
Hillsdale PS

“I thoroughly enjoyed Racing With Autism on so many levels. Firstly, by telling Austin’s story, you truly highlighted information about autism for students, many of whom didn’t know that autism looks a bit different for every person who lives with it and that a person with autism may not look outwardly different than everyone around him or her. But the underlying message of Racing With Autism is a story about hope and perseverance and courage in the face of adversity. Hearing about some of the challenges Austin faced in his life, and even when he began racing and was so small, shows incredible courage and tenacity. Because Austin is only a little older than the students in the audience, his message rings truer than hearing about an adult who overcame challenges. Finally, this presentation showed the boundless love that families have for each other. Seeing all of Austin’s family at the presentation, participating and supporting his endeavour was beautiful!

 
I wish you all the best of luck in the Australian tour and hope we can have you back to speak about it!”
 
Chris Hurrle
Grade 8 teacher,
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Markham
 
Charles Bowman Public School had the pleasure of a visit from Racing with Autism! Upon organizing the event, the emails were quick, prompt, and precise. When they came to visit, we were super excited immediately because the crew brought in a real-sized cart! The team was very pleasant and full of smiles during the entire presentation. The information that was shared was student-friendly and interesting. There was a slide show present with great pictures to support the information being relayed. It was an incredible opportunity for students to comfortably learn about autism and become inspired to get involved in one way or another. Austin is a truly amazing individual; he signed cards for the students to take home as an autographed keepsake. We will always welcome Racing with Autism back to our school!
 
Tanya Rypstra
Grade 4/5 teacher
Charles Boman Public School
 
Thank you for making a pit stop at Santa Barbara High School. The community of SBHS really enjoyed Austin’s inspirational story and experiences. Santa Barbara’s experience with Austin’s story will help contribute to our knowledge and awareness of Autism. I have taken a new position as a Principal at an elementary school and fortunately for me this school has a designated Autism program with 12 students. I appreciate what I learned from your presentation because it will help guide my outlook and expectations for my program here at Cleveland Elementary.
 
Gabriel Sandoval

Principal

Cleveland Elementary