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Established in May 2022, the Autism In Entertainment Workgroup includes educators, professionals, and family members who believe that individuals on the autism spectrum can contribute in entertainment-related fields, including film, television, social media, and game design. The goal of Autism In Entertainment is to drive employment efforts in entertainment-related careers.

On Friday, April 5, 2024, the AIE Workgroup hosted a one-day, in-person event at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The conference mission was to expand employment for individuals on the autism spectrum who are interested in entertainment-related fields, including film, theater, television, production, animation, and gaming design.

The conference was hosted by the Orange County Asperger’s Support Group (OCASG) working with the Autism In Entertainment Workgroup with support from Zavikon. Zavikon is an employment agency whose mission is to place neurodivergent individuals, as well as those with disabilities, in career-oriented meaningful jobs. Zavikon uses a supported placement model to set both employer and employee up for success. Funding was provided by a grant from the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), which serves Regional Center clients throughout California to improve access to services that increase pathways to employment.

Information, download AIE Overview.

Meet The Autism In Entertainment Workgroup

Judi Uttal

Conference Chair

Susan Capps

Education and Advisory Board

Ken Woodward

Financial Chair

Rebecca Beam

Business Outreach Co-Chair

Marlene Sharp

PR and Sponsorships Chair

Hilary Kokenda

Business Outreach Co-Chair

Dr. Sasha Zeedyk

Research Chair

Paul Hemstreet

Video Chair

Dollie Grajczak

Logistics Chair