Autism rates are on the rise, with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reporting 1.7 percent of eight-year-olds were on the spectrum in 2014 — up from 1.5 percent in 2012. As these individuals get older, finding work can be difficult, with 85 percent of autistic adults are unemployed or underemployed.
Fortunately, visionaries like Dani Bowman are using animation to create opportunities for people with autism, offering lifelong creative career skills and the chance to engage in an international, impactful animation industry.
Based in Los Angeles, Bowman herself is an animator on the autism spectrum. She started working with Toon Boom animation software nine years ago at the age of 14 with the goal of starting her own production company employing people with special needs, particularly those in the autistic and neuro-diverse communities. Today, Bowman is the founder and chief creative officer of DaniMation Entertainment.
“Many people with autism are very creative and love the arts and animation, and can be extremely focused. We are untapped resources and I am making it my life’s goal to give our community a platform to show just how creative we can be,” says Bowman.
But Dani needs your help! She's raising money to help scholarship and/or buy animation equipment for her classes that she offers every semester in Los Angeles, CA.
In order to continue growing and meeting demand, DaniMation Entertainment is hosting its own fundraiser to both expand the company, including the number of students it can reach and animated productions they can do. With this fundraiser, Bowman hopes to develop scholarships for young people on the autism spectrum to enroll in future animation classes, as well as providing computers and equipment to help them get started in their careers.
Please DONATE, any amount big or small is appreciated and/or if you have old animation equipment you would like to donate, send us a message, and we will arrange to have any equipment sent to us at our cost!
Thank you for your help!