Autistic Teen's Grad Speech Wows
Dillan Barmache uses a tablet to speak to his peers
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2014 8:51 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Another one to add to the list of this year's memorable graduation stories: A nonverbal autistic teen got a standing ovation yesterday when he addressed his fellow graduates, reports KABC-TV. "Living without a voice creates almost no way to be heard, but there are people who refuse to think in a box," 14-year-old Dillan Barmache told his classmates at Hale Charter Academy in Woodland Hills, Calif. He did so with an audio assist from an iPad. "Always look inside people's experience in order to gain another perspective," he said, adding that the ability to finally be able to communicate his thoughts and feelings is "life-changing." KABC has his speech in full here.

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Jun 6, 2014 7:05 PM CDT
Autism, another one of those fake diseases.
Jun 6, 2014 9:49 AM CDT
I have a non-verbal autistic 8 year old daughter and I made her some AAC software that does this. It has symbols she can use to make sentences, a keyboard that predicts words, a whiteboard for drawing and a visual schedule. I used the Dell Venue 8 pro because it is very very very loud (much louder than an iPad mini, or any other Windows or Android tablet).
Jun 6, 2014 9:10 AM CDT
Absolutely Inspiring!