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7. 12-year-old Luke Bowman is not likely to get lost anytime soon. Luke, of England, has the ability to memorize all the train and bus routes through Greater Manchester, as well as the London and Paris underground systems. Luke, who is autistic, even got himself and his dad from their home in Oldham to Brittany by using only public transport. The young boy wants to grow up to be a train driver, and with this kind of knowledge, he has a great head start.
6. Ramses Sanguino of Los Angeles has autism, and he’s pretty darn good at language and math. He is considered to be a child savant. Oh, and he has psychic abilities… Oh… and he’s 5 years old. Ramses can solve complex mathematical equations and has been able to speak in several different languages since he was young…well, younger than 5 anyway. His mom, Nyx, claims he also has telepathic abilities. An experiment to check the validity of that had him telepathically guess 3 random numbers out of 5 correctly. His mom started having him homeschooled after he kept correcting his former teacher. Says mom: “He is so smart, that it sometimes scares me.” Maybe I should grow my hair out like this guy.
5. Ok… put me on pause right now for 5 minutes and draw a world map…. I’ll wait…. dum.da-dumm-duh-dumm…. Ok, I won’t wait. But did you do it? CAN you do it? In New York, an 11-year-old autistic boy can draw the entire world map … from memory. Hey, I can’t even draw a square without looking at one. The map he drew on a whiteboard is incredibly accurate, even showing tiny coastal islands and political borders. He literally has the whole world at his fingertips.
4. When Ben Underwood was 3, both of his eyes were removed because of cancer. Incredibly, he taught himself to play basketball, ride a bicycle and move around by using and hearing clicks that would bounce back from objects, becoming the only person in the world to use echo location. This is something like sonar. Unfortunately, Ben died at the age of 16 on January 19, 2009, from the same cancer to took his vision.
3. When Laurence Kim Peek was 6, it was suggested he get a lobotomy to cure his chattering, figiting and pacing. When he was 7, he was expelled from school after only 7 minutes in class. After that, tutors had to visit his house twice a week for 45 minutes to give him an education. He completed high school at the age of 14. At 18, he took a job doing payroll for 160 people that took him only a few hours each week… without a calculator. He was a megasavant. In 1984, a screenwriter visited Laurence. Guess which hit movie came out of that meeting? Got one in mind? It was … Rain Man, a film that won many Oscars. The screenwriter who met with Laurence was Barry Morrow, and he let Laurence carry his Oscar around with him and show it to many others. Sadly, Laurence died of a heart attack at the age of 58 on December 19, 2009. And although Dustin Hoffman portrayed Laurance as autistic in the movie, it was later determined that Laurence more than likely had FG Syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome linked to the X chromosome.
2. Autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire has created a very impressive 18-foot drawing of the New York skyline after just a 20-minute helicopter ride over the city. The drawing is extremely intricate and detailed, showing almost all of the buildings drawn to scale. He has similarly drawn other citys on canvas after a helicopter ride over them, including Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem and London. And during his rides over all of these landmark locations, he listens intently to music playing from his iPod, which he says helps him create.
1. 38-year-old London-born Daniel Tammet, who now lives in Paris, is a high-functioning British autistic savant. He can recount Pi to 22,514 digits in five hours. I can EAT a pie in about 25 minutes. Amazingly, Daniel knows how to speak several languages, including English, French, Finnish, German, Spanish, Lithuanian, Romanian, Estonian, Icelandic, Welsh and Esperanto. I barely know the one I’m speaking now. Daniel is also creating his own new language called Manti, which might be a good one to go with at Comic-Con when others are speaking in Klingon. But Daniel is so good at picking up new languages that he was once challenged to learn Icelandic in one week. Seven days later, he was on Icelandic television conversing in that language. His amazed Icelandic language teacher said this guy’s “not human.” Nope, sounds like a few chain links above to me too.
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