Blind, Autistic Musical Genius

A man born blind and diagnosed with autism at age 5 is proving to the world that his disabilities will never limit him from achieving greatness. 

Tony DeBlois has an amazing story.  At only two years old, Tony played “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on a small organ that his mother had bought at a yard sale.  It shocked his mother, who knew that her son’s mental abilities were affected in some way.  It was later determined that Tony possessed a rare mind and is considered to be a musical savant.  

Tony attended the Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts where he took lessons and learned to play many of the instruments in his incredible repertoire.  Tony’s mother noticed that he was having difficulty with motor skills when doing simple tasks.  So she taught him how to brush his teeth by asking him to pretend that he was playing the violin.  He learned to brush his hair by playing the drums.  Eventually, he was awarded a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music and later graduated summa cum laude.  While he is very humble about his education and his talents, he is referred to as a prodigious savant, essentially an autistic genius.  Considering the circumstances, it would be difficult to disagree. 

DeBlois, now 36 years old, can play a total of 22 instruments, leads a jazz band, and has recorded 6 CDs of his work. 

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