Eric Duquette Teaches Us About The Power Of Abilities


In Smithfield, Rhode Island, Eric Duquette didn’t have a word to say until he was five years old. His parents were told that because of his autism he would one day end up in an institution – today, because he was surrounded by people who thought differently, he is in a different kind of institution…Rhode Island College majoring in biology with a minor in Spanish and a goal of becoming a pharmacist.  In fact, he was accepted into every higher education ‘institution’ to which he applied.

Last year, as salutatorian and a member of the Spanish National Honorary Society, he gave his high school graduation day speech. In it, he had this to say to his fellow students…

‘Never underestimate the power of the smile. Do not allow yourself or others to be defined by your limitations, but rather your abilities. Never underestimate yourself.’



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