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Autistic student delivers touching graduation speech

Eric Duquette didn’t utter a word until he was five years old, but last week the high school senior stood in front of his class as salutatorian and delivered plenty of words that proved touching and poignant. Doctors diagnosed Duquette with autism at an early age and warned he may end up institutionalized as a result, but his parents worked with diligently with Eric to develop his speech.

In addressing his classmates, Duquette said, “Daniel Webster wrote that ‘if my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest.’ For me, learning to communicate did mean regaining all the rest.”

Full story at Huffington Post.

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