In case you weren’t aware, April is Autism Acceptance Month. Autism is a condition that affects nearly 1 in 68 children in the United States alone. The term “autism/autistic” actually refers to a wide spectrum of behavioral disorders that are collectively known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). An individual described as autistic usually displays some combination of the recognized behaviors consistent with autism. Generally speaking, individuals on the spectrum have problems with communication, socialization and/or cognitive development.
In the case of 16-year-old Dillan Barmache from California, his autism has resulted in severe speech problems. For the longest time, Dillan couldn’t really speak or communicate with anyone. Unfortunately, just because he couldn’t talk didn’t mean he had nothing to say. It was torture for him – he had so much he wanted to express, but literally couldn’t form the words to get his thoughts out to the world.
Luckily, we live in an age where technology is constantly being used in exciting new ways to help improve the lives of others. Thanks to a slightly modified iPad, Dillan can now type out his thoughts and have them read out loud by a special software. Just like that, a whole new world has opened up to him. He can finally have people see him for more than his condition, he can finally connect with people, share his intelligence, and most importantly, he can finally tell his loved one how much they really mean to him.
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