The World Bids Farewell to an Autism Pioneer
News   The World Bids Farewell to an Autism Pioneer

1/11/2010

Autistic Savant, Kim Peek dies at age 58.

On December 19th, 2009, a pioneer in spreading knowledge about autism has died.  Kim Peek, one of the two people who inspired Dustin Hoffman’s character, Raymond Babbitt in the movie “Rain Man” has died at the age of 58.  Kim was an incredible savant and while some might argue that his other challenges included more than autism, his legacy will live on.  Kim was someone who found both understanding and success.  His father championed his cause and helped him book speaking engagements around the country.  Whenever one person with any form of autism spectrum challenge succeeds, others will hope and try again tomorrow.  OASIS @ MAAP extends our deepest sympathy to Kim’s family and friends.
On his website, noted savant expert Darold Treffert said, "Fran and Kim were never into e mail and the internet. Kim was his own internet and was a living Google. But if you have a message you would like to send to Fran by e mail you can send it to [email protected] and I will personally see to it that Fran gets those in my correspondence with him. "


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