At the start of 9th grade, Dillan was asked about his proudest achievement in school 9/17/14
My greatest achievement in school was to give a speech to my graduating class in 8th grade. It was important to me to at least have an opportunity to be heard, not in a personal self gratifying way, or in a public acknowledgment way, not even in an intrinsic sense. I did it to tell as many people as I could that even though we don’t speak or control our bodies, we are never not a student, deserving of an appropriate education. Am only having an opportunity to have an opinion and voice thanks to the relentless efforts of people who believe I am competent and have a mind. A person with a mind intact. And so now high school lies ahead of me, and I hope to have more achievements and make more connections with my fellow students.
Here is a link to the news coverage of Dillan’s graduation speech and full transcript: