SESAME STREET to Partner with Exceptional Minds to See Amazing in All Children
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Exceptional Minds digital arts academy for young adults with autism and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, will be partnering on the development, implementation and dissemination of resources for Sesame Street's See Amazing in All Children initiative which will aim to help increase understanding, reduce stigma, and demonstrate the commonalities that children on the autism spectrum share with all children
Exceptional Minds will join the initiative as the first vocational school of its kind with a working studio of young professionals with autism who are preparing for lifelong careers in digital animation, graphics and post-production. Exceptional Minds students have created animated shorts and other content for business and the entertainment industry, including post-production work for major motion pictures American Hustle and Lawless.
"We are excited to be partnering with Exceptional Minds to utilize the creativity of these artistic young adults to help us create resources for this initiative. This is truly a demonstration highlighting the talents of all children," said Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop's Senior Vice President for Community and Family Engagement.
"We can't think of a more worthy and trusting organization than Sesame Workshop to be working with as our students navigate this new and expanded WORLD for anyone with autism," agreed Ron Burns, a founding board member for Exceptional Minds, which will graduate its first nine students in June.
The school is being lauded as the poster child for job creation for individuals living on the autism spectrum, the majority of whom are disproportionately Underemployed or unemployed. With more than 750,000 young people with autism expected to age out of the public school system in the next decade - and 1 in 68 kids to soon follow - Exceptional Minds has received international acclaim recently as one solution to autism-related unemployment.