"speech-news-autistic-silent-speech"A 14 year old student from California has used a iPad to make a graduation speech which left the audience jumping to their feet to give him a standing ovation.

For most people a great speech hinges on the words that we say but for a person who is not able to speak but still wants to be able to make a speech technology has given these people a voice to become public speakers in their own right.

According to a report in the Daily Mail newspaper 14 year old Dillan Barmache stood in front of his teachers and fellow classmates and used his iPad and a letter board to make the speech at his school the Hale Charter Academy in California.

When he took to the stage to make the speech he was helped by his communication support aide Debbie Spengler who gave him the voice and read the words he made on the iPad for the speech.

In his speech Dillan said: “When I examine each day, it’s just incredible how a student, an autistic one, could ever feel a part of a class of future academics.Education is a better institution when all students have opportunity, plus a chance to take an idea and see the lessons within.”

He spoke about his difficulties in being able to communicate: “With your mind, no one can place limits on where an idea can take you. Living without a voice creates almost no way to be heard, but there are people who refuse to think in a box.  Open your mind in high school. You will learn to think about different ideas, and examine new findings. Always look inside other peoples experience in order to gain another perspective outside of books.

“Only then are we able to start opening our eyes to the amazing things around us. I so believe that there is so much more each one of us can do for other people, causes, and fields of study.”

He concluded his powerful speech by saying: “Always consider looking to your own insight and seeking another viewpoint. We are the reality of our thinking life and are capable of so much if we just open our minds.”

Dillan’s mother, Tami Barmache said: “Up until the age of 10, we were trying a lot of the interventions that are very common for an autistic child, but at 10 we realised the speech wasn’t coming in.”

Dillan felt frustration at not being able to articulate himself but his moving and powerful graduation speech shows that while a speech is all about the words, sometimes it doesn’t matter how they are projected to the audience.

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