Exceptional Minds

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Exceptional Minds
14144 Ventura Blvd. Suite 100


School typeA non-profit vocational center and animation studio for young autistic adults
Established2011; 11 years ago (2011)
WebsiteOfficial Website

Exceptional Minds (established in 2011)[1] is the first American computer animation studio and non-profit digital arts school for young autistic adults.[2] It is located in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California.[2]


The first major project for Exceptional Minds (EM) was the end title sequence for Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.[3] In addition, EM students have also worked on post-production visual effects for films such as American Hustle (rotoscoping),[4][5] Lawless (end credits),[4][6] and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (VFX roto work in stereo).[7][8]

In September 2013, University of Southern California doctoral student Laura Cechanowicz released her documentary about EM titled Exceptional Minds in Transition for the USC School of Cinematic Arts video-based website, "Interacting with Autism".[9][10] Later, in 2014, EM partnered with Sesame Street in an initiative that will spread "autism acceptance".[2]

The first class of eight students graduated in June 2014, with Ed Asner serving as commencement speaker.[11]


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  1. ^ "Exceptional Minds Digital Arts Academy Prepares Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum for Careers". EdTech Times. April 30, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Ross, L.A. (April 22, 2014). "'Sesame Street' Partnering With Exceptional Minds School for Autism Initiative". The Wrap.
  3. ^ Lytal, Cristy (June 15, 2011). "'Judy Moody' has the benefit of Exceptional Minds". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ a b Khatchatourian, Maane (December 20, 2013). "Exceptional Minds School Helps Kids with Autism Find Their Niche". Variety.
  5. ^ Villacorte, Christina (December 1, 2013). "Exceptional Minds trains autistic students for Hollywood gigs". Los Angeles Daily News.
  6. ^ a b "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards $7,500 Grant to Exceptional Minds for Summer Workshops". Digital Journal. May 29, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "More than 100 from Visual Effects and Related Industries Talk Shop with Exceptional Minds Young Adults with Autism". Digital Journal. June 8, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Exceptional Minds Students with Autism Among the Crew for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"". Digital Journal. July 10, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Evashenk, Lauren (September 26, 2013). "New autism website to launch Sept. 28". USC News.
  10. ^ "Exceptional Minds in Transition.". Interacting With Autism, USC School of Cinematic Arts.
  11. ^ "Ed Asner Tells Exceptional Minds Graduating Class of 2014 of "Pony in the Tent"". Digital Journal. June 10, 2014.

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