Founding partners Liam O’Rourke and Dan Ten Veen have worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for a combined 20 years. Driven by a desire to help young people living with autism fulfill their untapped potential, the duo launched Spectrum, providing an inclusive environment where participants develop their creative, technical, social and vocational skills as a pathway to pursue their passions in media and video production, either as a hobby or a profession. In developing our creative and social programming, we did so with the idea of providing stepping-stones to potential employment and life long support.
Spectrum sees potential for our participants to be imaginatively engaged in a workplace setting. Our approach is innovative in that it recognizes the untapped potential of individuals with autism without necessarily focusing on mediating the traits of their autism spectrum disorder. This unprecedented and forward thinking strategy has the potential to open up many new opportunities to individuals on the autism spectrum, allowing youth to truly give back and participate in society, personally and professionally.
Our original goal of a social enterprise that offers comprehensive and inclusive services, as well employment training and job opportunities is becoming a reality! The list of people to thank is extensive but we hope you all continue to support us on this journey that is Spectrum.
We are committed to providing quality experiences with film and media production to our participants through easy access to tools, equipment and guidance needed to make personal and collaborative media projects.
Our Programs are designed to encourage and support the social, creative and vocational well being of the youth we support. We believe that self-expression through media is a unique and accessible way to share interests, develop passions, and foster social networks.