With the CDC report released last week that one in 88 American children now have some form of the autism spectrum, the Goody Awards will presenting 17-year-old visual effects animator Dani Bowman, who is autistic, with a Golden Goody (award for doing social good) in April.
The Goody Awards launched a cause marketing campaign for Autism Acceptance Month on Monday, which was Autism Acceptance Day.
Bowman started her own animation company, Powerlight Studios, at only 11. She has since illustrated two anti-bullying books; writes and voice acts nine different cartoon series; illustrated and did the voiceover for the upcoming Rethinking Autism PSA; and is currently working on a film.
She aspires to be the Temple Grandin of her generation, and recently did red carpet interviews at the Los Angeles Animation Film Festival with such animators as Oscar nominee Bill Plympton (www.powerlight-studios.com/OneOnOne).
“I am honored to be the recipient of the Golden Goody Award,” Bowman commented. “As a person with autism, I think it’s important to stand up against bullying for those in the autism community, spread positive awareness of autism, and inspire others with autism to follow their own dreams.”
Added Patrick Eidemiller, her uncle and guardian: “It is wonderful that Dani has been selected for the Golden Goody Award acknowledging her work in the autism community and knowing that she is making a difference in the lives of others.”
In support of Autism Acceptance Month, Bowman just posted this iReport message on CNN: ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-769312.
Dana Commandatore and her husband, actor Michael Broderick, co-founded Rethinking Autism and are raising an autistic son with the hope of a better quality of life for autistic people and their families. Rethinking Autism hosted Grandin as a speaker and will be releasing a new Rethinking Autism PSA next week that is illustrated with voiceover by Bowman, and which includes several other autistic contributors. The new PSA will be posted on RethinkingAutism.com and the Goody Awards Facebook and Twitter.
Said Commandatore: “It is a pleasure to work with Dani. Her talents, drive and determination are impressive for any 17-year-old. We are used to hearing about all the challenges associated with autism; there is also a beautiful side that is evident in Dani and her work.”
The Goody Awards were created to empower individuals to recognize social good via social media.