An autistic man from Kilkenny delivered a rousing rendition of the classic opera song Nessun Dorma that had his audience on their feet.
Daniel Docherty was a guest speaker at the 2019 Cork Autism Conference and the student ended his speech with a jaw-dropping performance.
Daniel spoke with eloquence and confidence about his own life and experience since his own diagnosis.
He is an ambassador for the Autism’s Got Talent competition which is run by husband and wife team Anna and Sean Kennedy.
Daniel’s words were intelligent, thoughtful and inspiring as he spoke about how he has dealt with his autism and how society can adapt to maximise the potential of others.
His comments received a round of applause from all at the conference.
However, the 19-year-old was not finished yet and delivered a show-stopping performance of Nessun Dorma, the opera classic made famous by Luciano Pavarotti.
Daniel, who is studying Psychology at the Waterford Institute of Technology, explained he is an aspiring singer, but also a keen weightlifter in his spare time.
He has previously spoken about his aims to raise awareness and understanding about autism.
He said: “My main goal is to spread awareness about people with autism spectrum disorders.
“I want people to have more patience with autistic people or to not make fun of people who are eccentric because of their autism.”
Take a look at the video below, both for Daniel’s words and his stunning voice.
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