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Conference

CONFERENCE

The Autism In Entertainment Conference was held on Friday, April 5, 2024 at the prestigious Skirball Cultural Center. This one-day, in-person conference will brought together industry leaders and advocates to explore ways to bridge the gap between the ASD community and the entertainment industry. Our goal was to provide a platform that would empower individuals with ASD to showcase their talent and creativity, and to help them find meaningful employment opportunities within the entertainment industry.

The conference was organized by the Autism In Entertainment Working Group, led by the Orange County Asperger’s Support Group with support from Zavikon an employment agency whose mission is to place neurodivergent individuals and those with disabilities in career-oriented, meaningful jobs, and they utilize a supported placement model to set both employer and employee up for success. The conference is funded by a Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Grant designed to help Regional Center consumers find employment.

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Conference Goals

The conference had approximately 400 attendees consisting of adults with ASD and their families, prospective entertainment industry employers, and job enablers.

For employers, the goals were to learn about:

  • abilities and skills of adults with ASD to actively contribute to employer goals and productivity.
  • workplace environment and hiring techniques that support successful hiring and employment of adults with ASD.


For adults with ASD, the goals were to learn about:

  • employers who seek to increase neurodiversity at their companies and to provide them with an opportunity to showcase their skills to employers.
  • job enablers and how they can help with their job search, motivation, and career development.
  • educational/training programs to prepare for a career in entertainment.

The Entire Conference Was Recorded

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An amazing team including members of the autism community took photos and videotaped the entire conference. We will be releasing photos and videos every week. Some are already posted on this website. You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel (@AutismEntertainment) to be notified as new videos are posted.