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Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and VSA Florida Join Forces to Present "Animation Gets Real Miami 2017 VSA Summer Camp" for Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder

MIAMI (May 08, 2017)

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and VSA Florida are partnering to host the "Animation Gets Real 2017 VSA Florida Summer Camp," a camp for teens with autism and related disabilities. The one-week camp session - July 24 through July 28 - explores the world of animation and filmmaking as students learn real life skills, including animation, writing and editing, storyboarding and music making.

The program is appropriate for students ages 13-22 with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities who are able to follow instructions, independently communicate and participate in a group setting. The session is limited to 30 participants. Registration forms must be received by Monday, June 26, 2017 for priority consideration. The online registratrion form can be found at

The camp sessions will be taught by Dani Bowman an animator, author and entrepreneur who will impart her animation skills and inspire students with disabilities.  Bowman has ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome Disorder and has been teaching animation for six years since she founded her company Powerlight Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Clint Randles, Assistant Professor of Music Education at University of South Florida and a VSA Florida teaching artist in the Tampa Bay area, will teach iPad music, an innovative musical art form that can be adapted to everyone.  Dr. Randles teaches pre-service music teachers, works with local school districts, and conducts research on the place of creativity in the music curriculum.

Presented by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs “All Kids Included Initiative” in partnership with VSA Florida and the FIU College of Engineering & Computing. All Kids Included (AKI) promotes inclusive arts and cultural programs in school settings and throughout the community so that kids of all abilities and their families can participate fully in the arts.
"Animation Gets Real Miami 2017 VSA Summer Camp," is a summer camp for teens with autism and related disabilities, ages 13-22. Registration accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to Miami-Dade County residents. Applicants must complete the online registration form by the June 26, 2017 deadline and submit payment in full for each student participating in the program. Program Fee: $65 Miami-Dade County residents and $365 non-residents.
July 24, 2017 — 09:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m.
FIU College of Engineering & Computing, 10555 W. Flagler Street, Miami, FL, 33174.