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Dillan's Voice

Award: Yellow Pencil

Yellow Pencil / Writing for Advertising / Writing for Film Advertising / 2017

Autistic people rarely get the spotlight when it comes to discussing their own condition. For the first time ever, Dillan, who is autistic and nonverbal, didn’t need someone to speak for him. After fifteen years of silence he had a lot to say, and he was ready to have the world hear his voice. With the help of his iPad, Dillan types his thoughts giving us a glimpse into his life: what it’s like to navigate a world you can’t connect with. His words shatter the notion that autistic people are shells when he writes, “So many people can’t understand that I have a mind. But now you can hear me.”

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