Valedictorian affected by nonspeaking autism delivers moving speech | USA TODAY

Rollins College valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker, who is affected by nonspeaking autism, gave a commencement speech in Florida by typing.

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In a class of 2022 commencement ceremony last week, Rollins College valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker delivered a powerful speech calling for "communication for all."

Bonker is affected by nonspeaking autism, so she communicates by typing. At the Rollins' graduation ceremony in Florida on May 8, she used a text-to-speech computer program to deliver her address – where she also urged her fellow graduates to remember that, like the late famous Rollins alum Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" fame did, "Life is for service."

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