Art of Autism board member Tom Iland will test his knowledge on Wheel of Fortune this Tuesday.
Tom has been hooked on the show for 30 years since he was a toddler.
“It was quite a shock when Tom put down his Legos, stood in front of the TV and solved the Wheel of Fortune bonus round puzzle, ‘Spring Break’ before the contestant. He was just three years old,” Tom’s mom Emily Iland writes. “I remember him freezing in his tracks as he crawled on the carpet before his first birthday, watching with rapt attention as contestants spun the wheel and called out letters. This fascination continued for years.”
Now Tom will have the opportunity to make some cash off of his early interest!
I asked Tom if he had anything to say about his experience.
“I’m not allowed to talk about whether I won or lost,” Tom says. “You have to tune in…but I can say Vanna White is gorgeous and very nice and personable. She meets with all the contestants before the show. It was fun.”
Wheel of Fortune is the longest running syndicated game show in the United States. It is in it’s 34th season.
Tom Iland was diagnosed with autism at 13, and has worked hard to achieve many of his goals: full-time employment, driving, living in his own apartment and having a girlfriend. His mantra is “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” Tom is a motivational speaker in high demand.
Good Luck Tom!