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

(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.

Stock photo of a graduation speaker.
Stock photo of a graduation speaker.   (Shutterstock)
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