Last Update: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ed Asner Tells Exceptional Minds Graduating Class of 2014 They're a "Pony in the Tent" PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 01:36

Actor and activist Ed Asner delivered a moving commencement address yesterday to the first graduating class of Exceptional Minds, a digital arts vocational school for young men and women on the autism spectrum.

Actor and activist Ed Asner delivered a moving commencement address to the first graduating class of Exceptional Minds, a digital arts vocational school om June 8, for young men and women on the autism spectrum.

Addressing the eight graduating students in Sherman Oaks, he spoke of his “belief in the greatness of these individuals” and his fascination and often struggle to understand his own son and grandson, both of whom have autism spectrum disorders.

“The idea of an autistic person, it seems to me, is like the tent filled with horse crap. We know that there’s a pony in there. We believe in the pony in each autistic … and in my case, I am rewarded by what I discover to be the pony that each one posses, the uniqueness, the marvelousness,” he said.

Ed Asner has been part of the school’s advisory board since its inception in 2011 as a way to bridge the gap between high school and the working world for young adults with autism. He is known by the students here as a mentor… and a voice.

“Some of you know him for his Emmy-award winning role as Lou Grant on "Mary Tyler Moore Show," but we know him as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s animated film "Up." Please help me welcome activist, philanthropist and our Exceptional Minds hero Mr. Ed Asner,” said Exceptional Minds graduate Eli Katz, by way of introduction to an applauding audience of parents and friends there.

During the commencement, seven young men and one young woman took the stage to become the first to graduate Exceptional Minds’ rigorous three-year program, beginning their careers in post-production, visual effects and other digital arts fields as professionals with at least three Adobe program certifications.

Patrick Brady, Christopher Chapman, Danny Gott, Arielle Guthrie, Lloyd Hackl, Eli Katz, Justin Klug and Kevin Titcher also leave the school with hands-on experience in the digital arts, some including screen credit for rotoscoping and visual effects cleanup work on Oscar-nominated motion picture "American Hustle," and the end-credit screen crawl for the 2012 movie "Lawless."

The school is known for its close working relationship with the visual effects industry, which has provided its students with experience – and employment.

“On Monday morning, I will begin my career at Stargate Studios while some of my classmates will begin working on a major motion picture for Stereo D,” said Kevin Titcher, who will start as a production assistant in the editorial department at Stargate Studios, which is known for visual effects and other work for such productions as "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and "The Walking Dead."

At one point during the graduation, Stargate CEO, founder and two-time Emmyaward winner Sam Nicholson shared the stage with Asner to receive the 2014 Ed Asner Award – or Eddy Award – recognizing his company as the first to hire Exceptional Minds talent.

“In my 25 years I’ve seen a lot of talent come and go, and the one thing I look for is passion. If you can identify someone’s passion --- and we can connect them with that passion, that’s an electric combination. In this case, you’ve identified the human spirit and every one of the students here have that,” said Nicholson to the parents and friends in attendance.

“I am proud to meet Sam here, who has gone one step further and given our young student a position in the real world,” said Asner of Nicholson.

The graduation also marks the start of employment for Exceptional Minds’ alumni, some of whom will work by the project in the Exceptional Minds Studio (EMS) co-located with the school. EMS operates independently of the vocational school to provide high quality stereo conversion (rotoscoping), visual effects, computer graphics, title work, and animation in demand by the industry.

Share
 






Team members care for thousands of the region's sickest children with heart conditions, including fetuses, newborns, infants, children, adolescents, and adult, long-term patients with pediatric cardiovascular conditions. At Children's families experience coordinated, next-generation care, delivered by a compassionate, multidisciplinary team of leaders in the pediatric cardiology field. One of the largest pediatric cardiovascular programs in the region. Studies have shown that high volumes are associated with high quality and better outcomes, because experience is a major factor in quality of care. Wort was traditionally prescribed in parts of Europe for depression (in addition to use as a general-purpose tea), and Chinese medicine developed elaborate lists of herbs and preparations. With the scientific revolution in Europe and the United States, the use of traditional herbal remedies fell out of favor with the mainstream medical establishment, although a few people continued to use and maintain knowledge of traditional European herblore. In the early 20th century, scientists began reassessing this rejection of traditional herbs in medicine. Vorzüge eines intakten und lebendigen Gemeinschaftslebens bewahren. Dafür sorgen nicht zuletzt gut 120 lokale Vereine. Als wichtiger Faktor im Kulturleben haben sich die zahlreichen Museen und einige Kunstgalerien erwiesen. Descriptive and quantitative transcriptome analyses are important for interpreting the functional elements of the genome and revealing the molecular constituents of cells and tissues. It is known that sperm function can be affected by ASG proteins, including the processes of capacitation and the acrosome reaction, as well as canadian pharmacy accutane sperm motility, DNA integrity and interaction with the oocyte. BSPs (bovine seminal plasma protein, unigene 64,588 and unigene 69,768), fertilin (unigene 17,270 and unigene 27,136), ACE (Angiotensin converting enzyme, unigene 7,164 and unigene 21,069), GPX5 (glutathione peroxidase, epididymal secretory glutathione peroxidase, unigene15860), Spermadhesin-1 (Acidic seminal fluid protein, aSFP). The reproduction-related transcripts identified in the ASG and testis transcritptomes in E. This interaction of PDC-109 with the sperm cell membrane results in an efflux of cholesterol and choline phospholipids, that appears to be important for capacitation. The main changes in spermatozoa that occur during epididymal maturation are the ability to move, recognize and bind to the ZP, and to fuse with the plasma membrane of the oocyte.. Oct 2004, Adelaide, Australia. Ziaian T, Augostinos, M. Relationship Between Acculturation and Mental Well-being Among Young Persian Women Living in Australia. Paper presented at the Educational Research conference, 18th November 2004, Adelaide, Australia. Ziaian T, Stress Management: an introduction of holistic coping strategies. A Four day Course for the higher degree students. Targeted molecular therapy for advanced epithelial ovarian cancer. Minimally invasive surgery for gynecological cancer. Pharmaceutical Sciences from Shizuoka College of Pharmacy (1976, Japan). He has completed his B. Prophylactic removal of nevi without clinically worrisome characteristics is not recommended. The reasons for this are practical: many individuals in these families have a large number of nevi, and complete removal of them all is not feasible, since new atypical nevi continue to develop. In addition, individuals with increased susceptibility to melanoma may have cancer arise de novo, without a precursor lesion such as a nevus. The disadvantages of screening include the limitations of available noninvasive testing methods and the risks associated with invasive screening procedures. ERCP is the gold standard for http://www.jerseycanada.com/jerseyatlantic/fnt/ultramer.php identifying early cancers and precancerous lesions in the pancreas..