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What We Can Learn From Gifted Minds

It's Time to Shed "Innate"

David Shenk | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
David Shenk

Derek's abilities are amazing. Where, precisely, do they come from? I am struck by the profound contradiction between the language on the page, which calls Derek's talent "innate," and details of Adam Ockelford's actual presentation.

(Dis)ability Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Mary McLaughlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Mary McLaughlin

I thought about the pity people show toward Bud and his limitations, and I thought about how little Bud pities himself. I wondered who gets to decide what's considered a limitation and what's considered a strength.

A Safe Place to Stare

Heidi Latsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Heidi Latsky

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThe GIMP Project -- my body of work featuring disabled and non-disabled dancers-is not sentimental. It is not victim art, nor does it fall under the traditional definition of "integrated dance." It's about expansion, not accommodation.

Playing From Below The Rim

Phil Butler | Posted 10.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Phil Butler

Not one in 10 million of us will become so great at basketball. It is possible, however, for each of us to become superstars at being who we were meant to be. We can be our best.

The Real Genius Of Genius Isn't The Genius

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Jim Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDo they possess the other attributes, such as passion, discipline, focus, and joy, that are necessary to see that genetic gift reach fruition?

'In The Key of Genius': In Tune with Happiness

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 12.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThe beautiful piano performance by Derek Paravicini "In The Key Of Genius" would be impressive even if he wasn't challenged by blindness and autism. But curiously, that's not what struck me most about this young man.

Why Down Syndrome Doesn't Define My Son

Christie Taylor | Posted 10.18.2013 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen the lady with the blue folder walked in my room, I instinctively knew that folder she held in her hand was full of definitions, statistics and medical jargon. Wasn't being told your child had Down syndrome enough to process for one day?

Music, Creativity, And Unlocking Our Full Potential

Andrew Littlefield | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Andrew Littlefield

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgSadly, for many of these students and adults, our automatic tendency is to view them by their limitations. As a music therapist, I have the privilege to bring music and creative activities to individuals who don't typically get to experience them.

When My Daughter Saw The Music

Jess Wilson | Posted 10.18.2013 | TED Weekends
Jess Wilson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWould we be giddy with delight if she could make us a fortune counting cards? I suppose. But that's not who she is. Nor is it who she has to be.

WATCH: A Jaw-dropping Performance From A Blind Musical Genius With Autism

Adam Ockelford | Posted 12.18.2013 | TED Weekends
Adam Ockelford

2013-10-18-pavacinipull.jpgDerek's capacity to reason and to use language is in the bottom 0.05 percent of the population. Yet his capacity to process musical sound is in the top 99.99 percent: actually, the best I've ever encountered, even among advanced performers.