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Autistic student with astonishing talent navigates Berklee College of Music

February 15, 2010

Last month, Matt Savage began his second semester at Berklee College of Music. Before setting foot on campus, Savage, who'll turn 18 this spring, had already established himself as a rising star.

At age 3, Savage was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder. PDD is a form of autism characterized by impaired social interaction and hyperactivity.

Today, after years of specialized therapies and dietary changes, Savage navigates a daily maze of classes, practice sessions, homework assignments, and dorm life at Boston's prestigious Berklee.

Five years from now, says Savage, he hopes to be leading a band, releasing more albums, attracting new listeners, and playing concert halls across the United States. Savage's other goal is to help other young people with autism realize their full potential.

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