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WHAT IS AUTISM?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex range of developmental conditions that involve impaired social communication and interaction. These include social reciprocity, nonverbal communicative behaviors used for social engagement, and understanding relationships. Most people with autism possess normal or above-average intellectual capacity. The minds of these individuals work differently from those of us who are neurotypical, but many can function at a high level— particularly in computer technology and other sciences.

 

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Exceptional Minds’ three-year, full-time flagship Professional Training Academy is unique in that we combine the skills of artists, instructors, technicians, and behaviorists into a completely articulated curriculum based on idiographic, empirically validated principles of instructional design. We are the only autism education organization that provides technical instruction in the digital arts while fully integrating behavioral training into the curriculum. Our Employment Support Program provides work readiness training, job coaching, placements, troubleshooting, and employer education. All students are subsidized through our fundraising efforts and 30% also receive tuition assistance. Our Part-Time Programs include Saturday, Summer, and After School Workshops, Private Lessons both On-Site and Virtual, and Academy Extensions Programs.

In 2014, Exceptional Minds launched the professional studio. Graduate students work in the visual effects, animation, rigging animation for gaming and titles as junior or senior artists, or continue on-the-job training as apprentices. The studio is an approved vendor for Disney, Fox, HBO, Marvel Studios, Netflix, Paramount, Universal, and Warner Bros. The Studio’s credits include Special Olympics, Sesame Street, and blockbuster films such as Black Panther and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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"I once said that [people with autism] ought to rule the world. I’m sure it would be a kinder world".

—Ed Asner, actor, activist, Chair of the Exceptional Minds Impact Council


Student Stories


"When my son, Noah, was diagnosed with autism 20-plus years ago… I was constantly told about his disability, never about his unique abilities. At Exceptional Minds, we focus on what they can do, on their unique abilities".

—Yudi Bennett, Exceptional Minds Co-Founder