Eric Duquette is from Smithfield, Rhode Island. Eric has autism and in 2010 he was the Salutatorian for Smithfield High School. His high school graduation speech was inspiring and was a demonstration of an amazing accomplishment. Eric Duquette is an Autism Light because he shines as an example of perseverance and dedication necessary to succeed in life with autism.
ABC News American Heart: Diane Sawyer did a report on Eric Duquette for ABC News American Heart. A written report of the story is at this link and ABC News has also placed a video of the speech on their YouTube Channel.
In his 2010 graduation speech Eric Duquette said, “My parents were told I would most likely end up in an institution. I stand before you accepted into every institution of higher learning I applied to (Source).”
Eric Duquette chose to attend Rhode Island College. He is currently a Sophomore at Rhode Island College, where he is studying biology with the goal to be a Pharmacist one day. He was recently a speaker for Diversity week at Rhode Island College and a What’s News Online article was written about him.
Special thanks to Eric Duquette for being an example of the amazing accomplishments people with autism can have. Your life accomplishments and advocacy for disability awareness are inspiring.
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