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This summer can still be about new adventures and making new friends for youth with autism.

Exceptional Minds is offering remote Summer Workshops ranging in subject from character animation and animated shorts to 3D modeling and game creation. The workshops start in June and are open to pre-teens and teens on the spectrum who are interested in exploring the digital arts for fun or as a possible career path.

Workshops are conducted over Zoom and taught by professional instructors at the Exceptional Minds nonprofit vocational school and working studio. Exceptional Minds graduates have gone on to work for studios such as Cartoon Network and Marvel Studios and on Oscar nominated films such as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Avengers: Endgame.

Every year the school opens its doors during the summer break to offer introductory classes for youth with autism; this year marks its first remote Summer Workshops modeled after its successful virtual tutoring and continuing online core program in compliance with physical distancing policies.

In addition to two-week Summer Workshops, Exceptional Minds is offering social engagement electives ranging from improv and drawing to Dungeons & Dragons game activities.

The two-week workshops are available in four summer sessions between June 15 and August 14, 2020.

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Dasha is originally from Ukraine (it’s in the heart of Europe, look it up on the map if you want!) and moved to Mississippi with her family in September 2017. Before that she lived in Massachusetts and Maryland. She guesses they have a thing for “M” states. She is a writer, an editor, a teacher and the type of mom that never sits still. Being part of Parents & Kids has been helpful for her goal of finding places to explore with her kids, getting plugged in and her family becoming true Mississippians.

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