Update: January 30, 2014
Islands of Genius available now in Arabic and Czech
Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant has been translated into Arabic and Czech. The Arabic translation is published by Arab Scientific Publishers in Lebanon. A 10-minute DVD is included with the Arabic version, which provides video footage of a number of savants highlighted in the text.
Update: January 27, 2014
Lost in Autism, found by golf
An article titled “Lost in Autism, found by golf” by Claudia Mazzucco appeared in the July, 2013 issue of GOLFDIGEST.COM. In it, she tells of her remarkable progress overall, since being diagnosed with autism as a child, as well as her progress vocationally.
Mazzucco found golf courses very quiet and tranquil and walked them often. Her “captivation with numbers” and “photographic memory for dates and names” was the perfect combination to record scores of every player, in every round, in every major tournament in Argentina as a class project. In so doing, she became the official librarian at the Argentina Golf Association. She also learned English, much of it from instruction articles in golf magazines. She now also teaches an online history course to apprentices seeking to join the PGA of Argentina.