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  1. www.awares.org/conferences Don't miss this unique opportunity next Tuesday (April 29, 2014) to put your questions directly to Dr Darold Treffert, who coined the term 'autistic savant' and was a chief advisor on the 1988 film 'Rain Man'. Register now at www.awares.org/conferences to read Dr Treffert's superbly illuminating paper right away and then join in the discussions all day on April 29. Dr Darold Treffert is the world's leading expert on the autistic savant syndrome. He has been studying savant syndrome since he met his first savant in 1962, when he developed a Children's Unit at a hospital in Wisconsin, USA. He maintains a very active web site on savant syndrome at www.savantsyndrome.com through the Wisconsin Medical Society and also maintains an world-wide savant registry. He has written two books on this remarkable condition: Extraordinary People: Understanding Savant Syndrome (1989, and revised edition 2006) and Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant (2010). He has also written widely in the professional and popular press as well as participating in numerous documentaries on savant syndrome. He was a consultant to the 1988 movie Rain Man, in which Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for his portrayal of an autistic savant. Dr Treffert has been a Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry and has been a member of the Behavioral Health Department of St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where he presently continues research on autistic disorder, his life-long interest. That interest was inspired by Dr Leo Kanner himself when a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, where Dr Treffert received both his Medical School and Psychiatric Residency training. For more information about this and all other Awares online conferences, please contact me at: adam@autismcymru.org Best wishes, Adam Feinstein
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