Employment Success Stories
Exceptional Minds: Movie Magic
Exceptional Minds (EM) is a visual effects animation studio that trains and provides a new wave of digital effects artists to Hollywood, including Marvel Studios in Burbank, California. EM is also a nonprofit vocational training program that was formed by families of young adults with autism in 2009. The interpersonal skills that EM gives students are just as important as the technical expertise that they learn; however, bringing both to the attention of the entertainment industry top level executives has been difficult. But the success stories are beginning and the industry is recognizing the talents that these young adults are bringing to the entertainment world.
Software Company Hires Autistic Adults for Specialized Skills
Patrick Viesti finally landed a job, with SAP, a company that does software testing, data analysis, and quality control in the tech world. SAP was founded by Thorkl Sonne who was inspired by his son who has autism, and saw the amazing skills sets that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can bring to the IT marketplace if only businesses could look past the social skills that aren't part of the makeup of these individuals. Here's Patrick's story and background on SAP.
Disability Hasn't Stopped Tallahassee Man From Living a Dream
Thursday October 22, 2009 10:16 PM
Lane Henderson is Someone You Should Know
October is not only breast cancer awareness month, but it's also Disability Employment Awareness month.
Lane Henderson does a good job at a lot of things. The 27 year old has been working at FSU's mag lab for about a year, making 3-D models, optical equipment, and working on perfecting telescopes for different functions.
"When I first met Lane, he walked in a with a CD of his resume on it and told me about his art website," said speech coach Tim Wescoat.
But Lane isn't like every other kid. About three years ago, he went to see a counselor because something just didn't feel right.
"I was kind of surprised at first. It explained a lot of things about myself."
Lane was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a type of autism. He's been aware of the condition for three years now. But it's never slowed him down, in fact, it's made him work even harder and strive for more.
"It does motivate me when I think about it."
"I'd like to have my own business."
The SAIL high school grad is making his way through Innovation Park, designing, modeling, and doing whatever his boss asks of him. And looking through his telescope, it appears the future looks bright for a young man who's just looking for a chance.
This "Success Story" Film Captures Best Buy Employee, Ryan Hemphill