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Fourth-Grader With Autism Gives Touching Speech About Being On The Spectrum
PHOTO BY Lisa Rachel Moe via Storyful
  • A fourth grader in San Bernardino County, California, stood up at the front of the class on April 5 and told his classmates about what it’s like to live with autism.

    Footage filmed by Lisa Rachel Moe, who teaches fourth grade at Chino Valley Unified School District, shows one of her students, Rumari, addressing the class about what it’s like to have autism.

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    According to Moe’s Facebook post, none of Rumari’s classmates knew that he was on the spectrum. "It is #AutismAwareness Month and every classroom on campus has been asked to have each student decorate a paper puzzle piece and hang it on our classroom doors," she said. "When I handed out the puzzle pieces, most students were familiar with the idea of Autism and aware of the cause of decorating the puzzle pieces. What my students did not know is that Autism is present within our classroom with one of our fellow classmates, Rumari," Moe continued.

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    Moe also said Rumari has faced challenges and barriers beyond what anyone will ever be able to fully understand. But that particular day, Rumari stood up, spoke in front of the class, and showed everyone the meaning of “Yes I Can” as he explained to his fellow classmates that he was autistic.

    His classmates all sat quietly while he told them about his own differences and quirks. He also reiterated how important it is to make “everyone feel like a someone.”

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    “If I were unable to ever teach again or if there was ever a question to my path into this role as an educator, this moment solidified my purpose,” Moe wrote beneath the video, which had over 11,000 views at the time of writing.

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