Based in California, Dani Bowman is an autism advocate, artist, and entrepreneur who founded DaniMation Entertainment – an autism talent development company that produces original and contract Animation, Illustration, and Graphic Arts. She graduated from Woodbury University with a BFA in Animation in 2018, and two years later received an MBA in Global Strategy & Leadership while completing the National Center for Disability Entrepreneurship program at The Viscardi Center. Dani has premiered nine animated short films, a PSA, and a music video at San Diego Comic Con.
Over the course of 12 years, Dani has led summer animation camps around the country, initially with Joey Travolta’s Inclusion Films, and then expanding out on her own, adding programs at the University of South Florida and Plymouth University in England, teaching over 2000 youth with autism and other different abilities. In 2020, Dani pivoted to teaching animation from in-person to online with 1-Week Animation Workshops and one-on-one classes. In addition to teaching animation, Dani works with her students as a role model and mentor, encouraging them to follow their professional dreams.
In 2021, Dani and her team participated in the EasterSeals Disability Film Challenge, where she won for “Best Editor” with her film The Home Office. She is currently working on getting a PhD and studying the impact her program is making on the autism community.