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Donald Triplett is an American man who was the first person to ever be diagnosed with Autism.


Early life

Donald Triplett was born on September 8, 1933 in Forest, Mississippi. From early childhood, he was regarded as an introverted and withdrawn child with a fascination for things such as number patterns, music notes, and pictures of American presidents. He also showed savant abilities, specifically in math and music. By the time he was two years old, he could recite the 23rd Psalm (The Lord is my Shepherd) and memorized questions and answers from an unspecified Presbyterian catechism.

When Triplett was three, his father sent him to be institutionalized. However, his parents pulled him out a year later.

Triplett was diagnosed with Autism when his parents went to Baltimore, Maryland and met Leo Kanner. Kanner referred to Triplett as "Case 1".

Adult life

Triplett graduated from graduate school at Millsaps College with a French degree in 1958. His teachers and classmates were very accepting of him. He eventually learned to drive and spent his spare time traveling the world. He also worked as a bank teller.