At the beginning of the following video, Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes asks how is it that “stunning ability and profound disability can coexist in the same person?” Her question certainly sparked my curiosity. However, it was one of her next statements that convinced me the story was perfect for this blog. According to Stahl, Rex Lewis-Clack was born with brain damage so severe that “Cathleen [mother of Rex] was told [Rex] would never walk, talk, or do much of anything.” As the following video reveals, Rex can walk, talk, and do a lot more — in spite of his blindness and mental disabilities, Rex is a musical genius.
One thing I learned by watching the following video is that conventional wisdom is not always right. Some researchers do not understand brain injury, autism, savant syndrome, or the powers of optimism, love, devotion, and determination. At one time, researchers believed savants could only parrot what they heard or saw. As demonstrated in the posts I wrote (Total Recall: The Living Camera, 60 Minutes Follows Derek, and People with Amazing Talent), savants can and do exhibit extraordinary creativity.
The following video is supposed to be a promotion for the book titled “Rex” which was written by Cathleen Lewis, but I see the video as a continuation of the previous video — a display of the amazing talent of a blind, autistic, cognitively impaired boy whose name is Rex Lewis-Clack.
- What could practice do for you?
- What are the benefits of a positive attitude?
- How do the words of others affect your attitude and accomplishments?
- How do the actions of others affect your actions?
Thanks to Rex Lewis-Clack, Cathleen Lewis, Angela Rasmussen, Sarah Banta, David Pinto, CBS News, 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl, The Early Show, Harry Smith, Wikipedia, YouTube, and all the other people who made it possible for me to use the picture and video I included in this post.