Teen With Nonverbal Autism Gets Standing Ovation for Powerful Graduation Address


“Always look inside other people’s experience in order to gain another perspective outside of books,” Dillan Barmache said to his graduating class in a commencement address that brought a crowd to its feet on Thursday. “Only then are we able to start opening our eyes to the amazing things around us.”

Barmache, 14, has nonverbal autism but with his tablet’s help, he delivered an important message to his peers, family and teachers at Hale Charter Academy in Woodland Hills, Calif. KABC taped the address (below).

Head to KABC for a full transcript.

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