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Nov 11, 2010

"Do not allow yourself or others to be defined by your limitations, but rather, abilities." --Eric Duquette

Inspirational Graduation Speech by Autistic Student

Of all the students at Smithfield High School, Eric Duquette may have been least likely to speak on graduation day. Diagnosed with autism at birth, he didn't learn how to speak until the age of five. Doctors told his parents that he'd probably end up in an institution. In a way, they right. Eric excelled to the point of getting accepted into every college he applied to. With parents who taught him that "in life, it is all about the choices we make," Eric refused to be defined by others' expectations. His story is an inspiration to parents and students alike.

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