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Dani is an autism advocate, animator, and public speaker who shares her personal experiences and expertise in the field of autism and employment. She is a highly sought-after speaker and presenter, and has given talks and presentations at a wide range of events and conferences. Her inspiring presentations are known for their engaging style and informative content, and she is frequently invited to share her expertise on the subjects of animation, autism and employment.
In her presentations, Bowman shares her personal experiences as an autistic person and how her passion for animation helped her overcome social barriers and find success. She also discusses the importance of embracing neurodiversity and promoting inclusivity in the workplace and society as a whole.
Bowman often highlights the unique strengths and abilities of autistic individuals and emphasizes the need for society to recognize and celebrate these qualities rather than focusing solely on their challenges
Dani’s passion for animation began at a young age doing stop motion animation before she was verbal, and she started taking classes at a Woodbury University in Burbank, California when she was just 15 years old. She continued to study animation throughout high school, and then continued at Woodbury University to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation Magna Cum Laude and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration Summa Cum Laude.
During her sophomore year in high school, when she was just 14 years old, Dani founded her own animation company, DaniMation Entertainment. At 15, she was introduced to actor, director and special ed educator Joey Travolta and quickly partnered with him to produce several short film projects and to teach animation at his programs in Burbank and Bakersfield California as well as his Inclusion Films summer workshop programs around the United States.
Since then, Dani has continued to grow and expand her business in both commercial animation and education, premiering 11 short animated films at San Diego Comic-Con, working animation legends Ron Paulson, Tom Kenny, June Foray, Joe Montagne expanding her summer animation workshop programs to Florida, Ohio, California, and in 2019, opened DaniMation UK launching workshops at the University of Plymouth and later at Brunel University in London. In 2020, Dani pivoted her in person programs online, adapting to a unique 1:1 peer teaching and mentoring “learn while you create” that serves students around the world. Dani was accepted in the first cohort in disability entrepreneurship incubator program at The Viscardi Center for Disability Employment and a subsequent incubator program with Innovation DuPage.
Speaking on Important Topics of Autism, Employment and Her Personal Journey
In her presentations, Dani talks about the challenges that individuals with autism face in finding and maintaining employment, as well as strategies for success. She discusses the importance of understanding and accommodating individual differences, building self-advocacy skills, and fostering inclusive workplaces. Dani also shares insights on the benefits of hiring individuals with autism and how they can contribute to the workforce in unique and valuable ways. Overall, her presentations aim to increase awareness and understanding of autism in the workplace and promote greater opportunities for individuals with autism to succeed in their careers.