I have been given an opportunity to share my experience in a way I never imagined. Apple, THE Apple, wanted to make a short film about me. It was so crazy to be in the film, with people in my home, looking into the corners of my life. It was overwhelming, amazing, scary, incredible, painful and awesome all at once. The crew was so respectful and supportive. Only hard to push past my emotions that railed and raged.

Now, here it is for all to see. I am elated and terrified all over again. I want you to watch and know I am not the only one.   I am not a fluke. This is about all of us trapped in autism who yearn to be free. I am grateful so many will hear my voice. I only hope they will listen to the many others needing to be heard as well.



7 thoughts on “Apple

  1. Thanks for sharing, Dillan. The apple videos are both heat-breaking and hope-giving. You see, the youngest son of my wife and I is Autistic and unable to speak. His situation seems very similar to yours. And watching your video made us long for the day when our son might experience a break-through like you have in being able to communicate—to have his voice.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts! Thank you for sharing your journey with Autism from and insider’s point of view.

    Scott A.

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  2. Thank you, Dillan. We’ve never spoken but we’ve met, and I know your parents and brother. I have to admit that I have been guilty of not knowing how to approach someone who is non-verbal and autistic. Which is something I am not proud of. But I have learned so much from talking to your mom, and I was reduced to tears by the Apple videos. Thank you, thank you, thank you for what you are doing, for helping change perceptions, for pushing through stereotypes. I love your words and the message you’re spreading. I am here to help in any way I can. Just let me know. Roshan

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  3. Dillan,
    My husband and I loved watching your video that Apple made. We have a 6 year old son with autism who is non-verbal and we were so encouraged! Our son has been working hard at learning to communicate with a Dynavox, and we are hopeful that someday he will be able to type and tell us all about what he thinks. Congratulations on your courage and accomplishments!
    Jennifer Anderson

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  4. I am so proud of you, Dillan! Your message has helped so many people to understand more about autism and how to make changes within school settings to support students with autism. Keep up the outstanding work- you have a lot of fans!!
    Ruth Valadez

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  5. Hi Dillan, Thankyou for sharing. I have #belief. My son is 12 and is also a Dylan! He tries to talk but we don’t understand so he gives up. We have an ipad and are trying to help him use it but it is very early days. It is wonderful to hear what you have to say and while I appreciate that this is big and scary for you, by being so public you are helping people like my son and parents like me.
    I look forward to hearing more that you have to say.

    Thankyou xx


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