Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nathan Pustka

Autism Light #157 is Nathan Pustka.

Nathan Pustka is a student from Spring, Texas. He is a musical savant who has autism. Nathan Pustka is an Autism Light for the gift he has in music and how utilizing that talent blesses others and may open the door for other people with autism to focus on music.

Nathan Putstka has perfect pitch and can play songs on the piano after he hears them on his iPod. Only 1 in 10,000 people have perfect pitch. He taught himself to play the piano and doesn't read music. Both of Nathan's parents are deaf.  Julie Hansen a music teacher said, "I've been a piano teacher for 15 years and I've never seen anybody like Nathan (Source)."

The following is a news story done on Nathan Pustka's talent in 2010 when he was 16 and attended Klein Collins High SchoolFor more information on this visit Katie McCall's written report on this story.

The following is another news story done on Nathan Pustka's talent in 2009 when he was 15 and was attending Brenham State Supported Living Center

In January, 2012, the YouTube user scharlesdecker left this comment on the above video that demonstrates how Nathan Putstka's talents continue to inspire new people in the autism community who learn of his story.
As the father of two sons with autism, one non-verbal, I just wanted to say thanks. Your video was so inspirational. While most with autism are not savants like Nathan, everyone....regardless of their abilities has something to share in this world. Sometimes it's as simple as the change for the better that they make in their caregiver or the people who take the time to know them (scharlesdecker). 
Special thanks to Nathan Pustka for sharing his musical talent with the world. A piano teacher named Julie Hansen said it best, "The fascinating thing about Nathan is we really don't know what the limit is. It's just a matter of sitting down with him and just exploring (Source)." We expect to hear great things from Nathan Putstka's musical performance in the future. 

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