About the Film
Inspired by his son, Dan was struck with a bold idea – what if he could teach technology to adults on the spectrum? What if they could design video games and use those skills to build a business that could one day employ them? Driven to prove the concept, in three years he’s gone from one student to a team over a hundred strong that are working together and designing a whole new future for themselves and others.
Programming Hope is the story of the extraordinary group of people who helped turn a bold idea into reality. It’s an American success story with a hopeful message – about a unique group of game designers who are true game changers.
“In researching the topic there was really no place I could find that was doing anything to deal with the problem in a substantial way. There were smaller programs here and there – but often they were providing unskilled or unchallenging jobs. Autistic adults are often highly intelligent, yet they may struggle at maintaining employment or at fitting in in a traditional work environment – for a variety of reasons.”
“When I found this place [nonPareil] it sort of all came together. It’s incredibly unique. They’re finding ways to utilize these student’s individual talents and skills – rather than putting them in situations that don’t work for people on the spectrum. NPI accommodates and works with their differences rather than ignore or try to change them.”
Release Date: February 28, 2015
|Slogan||:||Game Designers...Game Changers|
|Time||:||108 min. / 1:48|
|Age||:||13 and up|