The video below was originally a segment of a full 60 Minutes television program in August 2010.
In the video, reporter Lesley Stahl profiles British musical savant Derek Paravicini.
Derek was born prematurely, and suffered brain damage resulting in a severe learning disability, autism, and blindness. Derek cannot master how to fasten a button on his shirt, and his memory retention is severely limited.
But put Derek in front of a piano and, instantly, he displays a computer-like memory for music -- which is matched by his personal, unique creative abilities to play it in any style, any key. When requested, Derek can even compose a new piece of music on the spot.
His parents, like some parents these days, could have placed Derek in an institution and never be bothered with him again. But they did not. Recognizing that Derek was endowed with exceptional musical abilities, they cultivated his abilities and gave Derek a sense of accomplishment and dignity, and an awareness that he is loved and appreciated.
But more than this video putting Derek's incredible abilities on display, is the reality that Derek comes alive -- recognizes that he is a beloved individual -- when he is performing for people. Derek's music is his form of interaction and dialogue with people.
Watch this video and allow Derek to speak with you. You will not be disappointed!