School aims at helping individuals with autism develop job skills

The developmental disorder autism can have many effects on a person. Sometimes, the effects of this mental condition make it so an individual cannot work. However, this certainly isn't always the case. There are many individuals with autism that are capable of being major contributors in the workforce. One hopes that such individuals are given the opportunities to identify, develop and put to use their skills and abilities.

There are many organizations out there which provide vocational support services to individuals with autism. Recently, Disability Scoop reported on one such organization. The organization is called Exceptional Minds and it is a school in California that provides vocational training to young adults with autism. The annual tuition for the school is $32,000, though half of this tuition is covered by grants and donations.

One of the types of training the school provides is training in post-production work for films. In addition to providing training, the school sometimes secures work opportunities for students, giving them the chance to get some job experience. Four of the school's students did post-production work on a film that will be coming out later this month, "American Hustle." The work the students did on the film involved an animation technique called rotoscoping.

It is encouraging to see organizations working to help individuals with autism develop vocational skills and obtain valuable work experience. All individuals with the ability to work deserve the opportunity to build a career for themselves. One hopes that here in Minnesota and in the rest of the United States, we will see a growing and strengthening of vocational support services for individuals with autism.

Source: Disability Scoop, "Adults On The Spectrum Land Hollywood Gigs," Christina Villacorte, Dec. 3, 2013

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