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Monday, October 21, 2013 1:38:00 PM

By Shannon Penrod

All individuals with Autism are not savants.  They don’t all have some amazing skill that awes the world and makes people rise to their feet cheering and clapping.  Despite how the media portrays Autism, it is actually quite rare to find individuals with Autism who are savants.  Why does the media rush to cover savants?  Why do we love to watch videos about savants?  I can only speak for myself, but whenever I see a video about a savant I am reminded of all of the things we don’t know about Autism that may be wonderful and powerful.  It makes me smile, it refreshes my hope meter.  If you feel the same way, check out this rather amazing young man featured in a recent TED talk.