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Autistic teen shares inspiring story

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on December 5, 2017 4:52PM



Weighing less than 2 pounds when he was born, Christopher Duffley, who is also blind, didn’t speak in full sentences until he was in first grade.

Later diagnosed with autism, the 16-year-old New Hampshire youth loves to sing. He has performed the national anthem at venues across the nation, including Fenway Park and during a NASCAR event.

Duffley has been a featured keynote speaker and singer at numerous autism conferences. In addition, he has performed at many churches and faith-related events. Duffley has released a pair of albums and maintains an inspirational blog and does podcasts.

Sponsored by Community Counseling Solutions, Duffley is featured during a pair of free local performances. The events are Sunday, Dec. 10 in the Heppner High School gym and Wednesday, Dec. 13 in the Condon High School gym. Both events begin at 6:30 p.m. and seating is first come, first served.

During the Heppner event, the doors will open at 5 p.m. Concessions will be organized by the FBLA Club and light dinner selections will be available for purchase. A dessert social is planned during the Condon performance.

Born drug-affected, Duffley had multiple health problems, which resulted in an initial seven-month hospital stay. Placed in foster care, Duffley was adopted at the age 2 by his aunt and uncle.

“My life has been blessed by people who see me with their heart, not by my disability,” Duffley said.

For more information about the Heppner performance, contact the heppnerchamber@centurytel.net or 541-676-5536, and for the Condon event, call 541-384-777 or 541-676-9161. For more about Duffley, visit www.christopherduffley.com or search social media.


Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539


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