Marvel’s “Avengers” Superpowers Meet Autism Superpowers

Not all the heroes with superpowers are on the big screen in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the year’s most anticipated movie that opened in theaters this month. Some are behind the screen. Earlier at the cast and crew screening held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles, four young adults with autism from Exceptional Minds Studio were singled out by Marvel Studios’ Executive VP of Visual Effects and Post Production Victoria Alonso for their work…

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Exceptional Minds Video Tribute Captures Life Story of Author’s Journey into the World of Walt Disney to Reach Son with Autism

It’s a familiar story for so many families living on the autism spectrum. A young boy is growing up strong and healthy until the age of three, when a storm appears. He becomes afraid, runs out into the night and crosses a bridge that collapses behind him, unable to make his way back home. At the Semel Institute’s Open Mind lecture at UCLA Tuesday, a team of animators at Exceptional Minds vocational school for young adults with autism presented a…

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Disney and United Front Design Prepare Exceptional Minds Students with Autism for Careers in Digital Arts

Many young men and women living with autism will never get the chance to show what they can do, but not so for the students at Exceptional Minds, a digital arts academy for young adults on the autism spectrum. These students with autism recently showed off their talent during a made-for-Disney project that demonstrated not only their design skills, but also the soft skills needed to land and retain jobs in their chosen fields of animation, post-production and digital graphics.…

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