Nonverbal Autistic Boy Gives Powerful Commencement Speech

Sef Scott gave such an unexpected and powerful speech at his high school graduation, he received a standing ovation. 

Sef has autism and is mostly nonverbal, and until that day, most of his classmates hadn't heard him speak before. Sef gave an insight on how he prepared, "My brother Sam is a nine-year brain tumor survivor who has given dozens of speeches to raise money for various children’s charities since 2009. So with his help and that of my mother, we worked sentence by sentence to make my voice heard knowing that I want to be heard."

His speech was unexpected, which went with his theme that something unexpected can benefit those around you, saying, "You can sprinkle unexpected moments throughout your everyday life that can benefit those around you with very little effort on your part." 

Sef's speech concluded with  a heartfelt message, "It is your life that you’re living, not anyone else’s. So do what fulfills you. Don’t fear the future. Don’t fear the unknown. Will it be unexpected? Yes, yes it will. But that does not make it wrong. Be the unexpected like me." 

Watch the full speech below:

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