Dillon Barmache has spent his life struggling to communicate with the people around him.
The 14 year-old, who is non-verbal because of his autism, got an opportunity to address the graduating class of Hale Charter Academy, according to KABC. Using a tablet that read his words out loud, Dillon stood at the podium with a microphone to address the class.
"With your mind, no one can place limits on where an idea can take you," Dillon said during his powerful speech. "Living without a voice creates almost no way to be heard, but there are people who refuse to think in a box."
He went on to explain his anticipation for high school and challenged his classmates to take educational risks.
Watch the video above to hear some of his address. The full transcript of Dillon's speech can be found here.