La Canada High School
Honoree: Dani Bowman
Type of Artist: Illustrator
Name of School or Center:La Canada High School
Dani Bowman is a 17 year old junior in high school with autism and a love of animation, illustration, and creating fun entertainment for children of all ages. Dani founded Powerlight Studios at age 11, and has been working professionally since age 14, partnering with Joey Travolta, and teaching animation to others with autism at his summer camp program. Dani has a full slate of regular high school classes with a 3.85 GPA. Dani aspires to be the Temple Grandin of her generation, working to change the world’s perception of autism and demonstrate all of the special abilities that people with autism have while striving for acceptance and integration within society and employing others with ASD at Powerlight Studios. For Autism Acceptance Month, Dani donated 3 iPads to non-verbal children on the autism spectrum, and Dani was honored by the Golden Goody Awards for her autism advocacy and anti bullying campaigns. Dani also speaks frequently about autism and speaking out against bullying, and mentors several autistic animators around the country, and was honored in April 2012 with the Temple Grandin Award by Future Horizons. She recently achieved a dream of hers by employing others with autism at her company, Powerlight Studios. Visit Powerlight Studios at www.powerlight-studios.com.