Updated 6/23/10 – Graduation video! Grab some tissues and prepare to be inspired. Thanks to the proud mom for posting it! Congrats Jeremy!
Many of you have probably read one or more of Chantal Sicile-Kira’s books on autism, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide. Through her books and interviews she’s done, you get glimpses into the life of her son Jeremy, who is now 21, and the many challenges they’ve faced and overcome together. If there were ever an example that being autistic and unable to verbally communicate doesn’t mean you can’t do incredibly awesome things, Jeremy is it.
On June 18, Jeremy will deliver a commencement speech at his high school graduation using his assistive communication device. He graduates with a 3.70 GPA and will attend college this fall. His seven years at Torrey Pines High School striving to achieve this inspiring goal is a testament to perseverance and determination. He dreamed a great dream and together with the support of family, school, and many others, he made it happen.
Of course the first thing that came to mind was the dream I had some time ago about the J-Man. Not surprisingly, reading about Jeremy’s achievement made me burst into tears and smile all over at the same time.
So thanks for being awesome, Jeremy Sicile-Kira. You inspire us and make us believe.