idiot savant

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person who is mentally retarded in general but who displays remarkable aptitude in some limited field (usually involving memory)

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Martin, who took part in BBC 3's Autistic Superstars, is thought to be an autistic savant - a person with a mental disability but a gift for art, maths or music like Dustin Hoffman's character in the movie Rain Man.
As an autistic savant, writer Daniel Tammet approaches numbers in a brilliantly oblique way.
The search also found books, including "Look me in the Eye - My Life with Asbergers [sic]," "Born on a Blue Day, Inside the Mind of an Autistic Savant," and "The NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting.
gov/pubmed/7559290) One 1995 paper examined the musical abilities of a male autistic savant.
Focus on your strengths and not on your weaknesses," said George Widener, the world famous autistic savant, who believes in doing something big to contribute to society and bring awareness to those afflicted with Autism.
Timothy Maloney's essay "Glenn Gould: Autistic Savant.
The 62-year-old animal sciences professor at Colorado State University is one of the first people to write about her life as an autistic savant.
Originally created during the Reagan administration as a test to keep the US' highest priority secrets under wraps, their assumption is revealed to be false when they receive a message from an autistic savant boy named Simon Lynch (Hughes) who calls a telephone number written in the code which was secretly published in a puzzle magazine.
His inspiration comes from Briton Daniel Tammet, the high-functioning autistic savant gifted with a faculty for mathematical and natural language learning, and author of Born on a Blue Day.
He explained: "It's set in difficult times on a secluded farm near Toronto, home to life-long friends Morgan and Angus, who is brain damaged, an autistic savant.
Following Flo and Kay, the world's only female autistic savant twins, as they are assessed by Dr Darold Treffert.
When he sings Ben E King's Stand By Me, his fingers fluidly tapping the piano keys, it is hard to believe he is an autistic savant who spends most of his time painting skylines of major cities of the world from memory.
He lives with his nephew Bobby, an autistic savant whose language amazes and appalls.
He has taken in his formerly abused autistic savant nephew and is fighting the state for custody.
Price has been working with Maier, an autistic savant, for five years.