Animation Programs for Students on the Autism Spectrum Ages 12-22
About Our Programs
We teach students real life 21st century skills needed for success in an autism friendly environment during our one week summer camps and our more intensive year around programs! During each DaniMation program, students create characters that talk, sing, dance and hop across the computer screen while learning valuable skills they’ll use throughout their lives. The program includes animating, writing, story-boarding and editing and encourages communication, confidence, teamwork and collaboration through the creation of a short personal animation or working on a larger group project that is presented at the end of the session to family and friends.
During the 1-week course each student develops their own animation from concept to completion. The process starts with a brainstorming activity which is then translated to a storyboard. Once each student finishes their storyboard, they pitch their story to other students and staff, receiving feedback on improving and further developing their own story. Over the course of the next four days, the students work to complete their film which is then included in the showcase and completion presentation on Friday attended by family and friends.
Summer Programs 2019
During the summer of 2019, Danimation will be leading week long summer programs in Tampa and Miami FL, Los Angeles, CA and Devon, England.
While computer equipment will be provided, students are encouraged to bring their own computer so they can work outside of class hours on their projects. Software will be provided.
Highlight of Student's Work, Many Haven't Animated Before
VSA Tampa 2018
Inclusion Films 2018
DaniMation Skill Development Program
Partnered with Spectrum Laboratory
Spring/Fall 2019, and Spring 2020 Programs Los Angeles, CA
Danimation teaches Fall and Spring in conjunction with Spectrum Laboratory. This program offers Beginner and Advanced Courses, with students in the Advanced Classes eligible to work on projects for Spectrum Laboratory clients.
*Must bring your own laptop to class and a drawing tablet is preferred, but not required. If you don’t have a laptop, we have a limited number of in class computers available.
Next semester will start about the first week of September.
Advanced Class Saturdays 10 – 12pm
Beginning Class Saturdays 12 – 2pm
More Information about Learning Outcomes and Our Approach
Founder Dani Bowman, who was diagnosed with ASD at age 3 and didn't speak until age 6, believes in the unique contribution that people with ASD can make. Consequently, Danimation employs with autism in it's programs and animation production. Additionally, all of Danimation's programs are held in an autism-friendly environment.
The digital animation class explores color theory, animation timing, character drawing, story boarding and layout, resulting in students creating their part of a complete narrative theme.
Our comprehensive program posits that optimal learning for students occurs within safe, caring, supportive, and intellectually stimulating environments. The program focuses on computer animation and skills utilizing ToonBoom Harmony while also teaching story development, story boarding and basic visual story telling techniques. The academic competencies explore targeted learning strategies and academic behaviors to develop an academic mindset and an attitude of perseverance with the additional goal encouraging further learning to develop hard skills to be successful in the workforce.