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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Exceptional Minds

The Politics of Autism, I discuss the employment of adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Many posts have discussed programs to provide them with training and experience

In Parade back in February, Nicola Bridges reported on one such program, Exceptional Minds, a visual effects animation studio that’s also a nonprofit vocational training program for young adults with autism. (Its website is here.)
At Exceptional Minds, located in a nondescript building close to Hollywood’s major studios, visual effects artists on the spectrum are hard at work. Ant-Manand Avengers: Age of Ultron feature their talents, as do The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. On the small screen, their work is seen in Martin Scorsese’s new HBO drama, Vinyl. In Game of Thrones, these talented artists made every fake falling snowflake melt on the actors’ faces in postproduction.
KCBS-TV has a short piece with co-founder Yudi Bennett: