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Actors for Autism: Programs for Adults

Advanced Media Vocational Academy (AMVA) is a vocational training program for people with disabilities located in Glendale, California.

The program combines regular classroom, lab and workshop activities. Activities are enhanced by field trips, industry seminars and internship opportunities at local production companies.

Presently very few opportunities exist in the community for adults with disabilities to get vocational training – even fewer opportunities are out there for adults with disabilities to learn the needed vocational skills to work in the entertainment industry.

Our program is a DGA member project taught by Directors Guild of America members.
To address this need, the program seeks to provide:
positive vocational training, an entertainment industry skill set, and enriching experiences for adults with disabilities.

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Some of our happy students!

Our goal is to help students become independent and have choices about their future.  We provide the life and job skills training necessary for AMVA students to lead independent and productive lives. Students choose to pursue either the Film/TV or Animation program. Download Our Brochure.
Vendored by Lanterman Regional Center Vendor # PD2865

The Video Game Designer Academy (VGDA)

The Video Game Designer Academy (VGDA) is for designers who wish to take their career to the next level or for gamers who are interested in developing their own games. A video game design and development program will give you the skills necessary to design video games and the programming concepts that surround them.  Vendor#PD3050 Download Our Brochure.

Social Skills

Our curriculum addresses social skills such as:
· Initial Social Skills
· Skills for Expressing Feelings and · Social Relationship Skills
· Organizational Skills and · Decision Making
· Problem Solving Skills and · Conflict Management Skills
Social skills groups are for adults 18 years of age and older.  Social Skill Groups meet at our Sherman Oaks location. Regional Center vendored for clients 18-22 years of age that are still in high school. Vendor # PL0884

Customized Employment

Customized Employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Customized employment utilizes an individualized approach to employment planning and job development one person at a time. One employer at a time. Download brochure.

Microenterprise Development

Microenterprise Development is to develop a small business service which creates an opportunity for participants to work and control their own futures within the community. This type of service model allows participants to become self-employed and to play an active role in the business decisions. Thus, allowing them to control their own future in terms of paid employment such as the ability to schedule work days to accommodate productivity levels and goals that match their personal needs and abilities. Download brochure.

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Senior Programs

Actors for Autism provides a program for eligible consumers who want to transition to a program focused on seniors. The program is for age 50 and over with a 1:8 ratio. Have fun while making connections with peers. This program is vendored by the Regional Center.

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