Rumari was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. His mom, Olivia, decided early on to let Rumari discover his autism in his own time and on his own accord.
Olivia and her husband never wanted Rumari’s special needs to get in the way of his hopes and dreams. They let the conversations about his disability come naturally, which worked really well for the family.
Recently, Rumari saw the trailer for the 1988 film Rain Man, in which Dustin Hoffman famously plays an autistic man who reconnects with his estranged brother. Rumari couldn’t help but notice the similarities between him and the character and exclaimed, “I have that!”
“Everybody has something,” Olivia replied.
Rumari never mentioned his autism again — until a particular day in his fourth grade classroom changed everything.
Rumari’s teacher at Eagle Canyon Elementary School in California, Lisa Rachel Moe, was teaching a lesson about autism in honor of National Autism Awareness Month.
The class never knew about Rumari’s diagnosis. But during the presentation, he spontaneously asked if he could say something.
Rumari proceeded to stand up in front of the entire class to make a powerful announcement that his teacher never saw coming.
This brave and inspiring boy had no idea how Lisa or classmates would react, but he did it anyway…
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