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Brighton Journal | 21st February 2020

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Read Powerful Speech by Year Six Student From Brighton

Read Powerful Speech by Year Six Student From Brighton
Hannah Midgley

Amilia, a Year Six student from Brighton has written a powerful speech about living with autism, inspired by Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ as part of a school assignment. The National Autistic Society were so impressed by her fantastic speech and it’s message that they decided to republish it on their website.

Amilia, who attends Woodingdean Primary School, addresses her friends and explains the day to day difficulties she faces, and compares herself to a ‘little kitten in a big place surrounded by big dogs’ as well as expresses her hopes for the future.

Have a read for yourself below!


Amilia’s speech has been met with much praise on social media. One Twitter user, @daljitkaur2kaur, wrote Amilia a personal message, saying “A message from me to you Amilia. This is one of the most emotional speeches I’ve ever read. You have said in a few words what many people can’t say in a million. Thank you for sharing your feelings of what it’s like to be an autistic child.”

The National Autistic Society has been providing specialist autism education within schools for over 50 years, supporting children and young people. The society understand that every child with autism is unique, and so work with them individually to help them to thrive and enjoy their learning, and ensure they make the best progress possible in school.

To learn more about the amazing work that The National Autistic Society do, visit their website.

Note: Feature image is not Amilia – whilst she was excited that her speech was being shared, she didn’t want to have her image photographed.

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