Training Programs for Students on the Autism Spectrum


“Pathways to Employment for Adult Students diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum”

Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion – Train to become a Graphic Artist


Elite Animation Academy – Program Information please call (813) 321-3939


Elite Animation Academy is a training service provider of Autism Shifts for students interested in Digital Arts & Graphics. Parents & Students can choose Elite Animation Academy’s 9 month Digital Media Training Program . Along with the Employment Ready Course offered with Autism Shifts we offer a complete training program for the Adult Student diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum . Please read below for more program details. Elite Animation Academy is proud to partner with Autism Shifts and look forward to providing students training in Digital Media Training. Autism Shifts offers the Employment Ready Course designed for students post high school (18+) . Autism Shifts is a 501 (c) 3 local  non profit organization. Elite Animation Academy is  a private, for profit vocation school, not a college. Elite Animation Academy specializes in preparing the High Functioning Autistic Adult Students training in Digital Media and Animation. At this time, Training Programs are not eligible to accept Vocational Rehabilitation of Florida Funding.

For financial assistance – please view these resources – FINANCIAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES


The cost of one DIGITAL MEDIA training course is $3,600 . PAY THREE (3) EQUAL PAYMENTS OF $1,200  authorized to a credit card on file. First payment due upon enrollment, Second payment authorized to a credit card on file, the 1st of the second month, and Third payment authorized to a credit card on file, the 1st of the Third month payment authorized to a credit card. Customer understands and acknowledges this is part of a three course training program and total cost of training program is $10,800 for Digital Media Training from Elite Animation Academy , training service provider of Autism Shifts 


We accept prospective students for these programs who CAN ….

CAN function independently in a classroom setting (with no aide required)                          

CAN work in a structured setting and are interested in Animation or Digital Media                

CAN successfully manage their own emotional behavior








This program consists of three (3) courses in Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.


COURSE ONE Illustrator Syllabus

Adobe Illustrator is the industry-standard vector graphics software, used worldwide by designers of all types who want to create digital graphics, illustrations and typography for all kinds of media: print, web, interactive, video and mobile. Learn and master Adobe Illustrator with hands-on Illustrator training courses. Our Adobe Illustrator training courses are task-based and focus on real-world uses and challenges individuals face in their day to day work environments.

Adobe Illustrator gives designers flexible drawing and typography tools to create vector art used for the following:

  • Graphics
  • Illustrations
  • Logos

COURSE TWO Photoshop Syllabus

Adobe Photoshop is the predominant photo editing and manipulation software on the market. Its uses range from the full-featured editing of large batches of photos to creating intricate digital paintings and drawings that mimic those done by hand. Adobe Photoshop is the industry-standard image editing software, and is used worldwide by photographers and graphic designers to perfect their digital images. Adobe Photoshop lets you enhance, retouch, and manipulate photographs and other images. Photoshop allows you to transform your images to the workings of your imagination and showcase them for the world to see.

Adobe Photoshop is photographers, designers, web professionals, and video professionals which can do the following:

  • Creative Control for 2D and 3D Image manipulation and compositing
  • Video Editing
  • Image Analysis

COURSE THREE InDesign Syllabus

Adobe InDesign is a professional desktop publishing application you lets you create stunning page layouts, creative print media, e-books and other digital publications faster and more efficiently. InDesign is built for designers, prepress and production professionals, and print service providers.


With Adobe InDesign you can create creative print media such as:

  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Brochures
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Books

In addition, Adobe InDesign allows you to create e-books and other digital publications, and is easily adjusts for multiple pages sizes, screen sizes, and orientations. It is a great tool for designers, advertisers, and publishers to master.



TAMPA, FLORIDA 33067 – (813) 251-2787


The Autism Employment Ready Training Program was designed to help individuals diagnosed with Autism and related diagnosis age 18+ (post high school) prepare to enter the workforce.  Oftentimes, it’s the lack of understanding of themselves, the diagnosis of Autism and soft skills (social interactions, communication, etc.) that keeps young adults and adults diagnosed with Autism from attaining and retaining meaningful employment (hence the current 90% unemployment rate).  We believe that it’s having the skills that students learn in this course, plus specific job skills that will lead our students to successful employment.

Autism Shifts – ENROLL NOW !

The vision of Shifting the outcome for those diagnosed with Autism came through Vicky Westra, who is the mother of a young adult who was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. After 20 plus years in Corporate America, Vicky left her senior leadership role to develop this unique program. By joining the shift, you can be a part of changing the outcome for those diagnosed with Autism and shift the perspectives people have about the capabilities of those diagnosed.

Join our Journey to develop people with Autism’s “Uniqabilities” so they can live, work and play in our inclusive communities. 



Despair / Fear / Stigma Hope/ Joy / Empowerment

90% Unemployment Rate 90% Employment Rate

70% Dependent Living Rate 70% Independent Living Rate 

Little to No Community Integration Full Community Integration  


The Autism Employment Ready Training Program that helps to overcome the challenges faced by people with autism, including modules such as: learning and interpreting social cues, teamwork and multi-tasking skills, strengthening communication skills, emotional and social awareness which all lead to self-confidence and empowerment. 

The goal of the program is to shift the outcomes that exist today for people diagnosed in 4 key areas


This vision will entail involvement from four key groups:

1.  Young Adults with Autism –Will learn job skills that match their unique talents and abilities and then be matched to local internship and employment opportunities with local businesses.  At the same time, through the Co-Living Center, they will learn the skills necessary to live independently.

2.   Parents/Caregivers – Will receive education/training to promote an environment that will maximize the success of their loved one with autism.

3.   Businesses – Will receive education/training to become ‘Autism-Ready’ and successfully employ young adults with autism

4.   Community at Large – Will receive education/training about Autism and the shift we can create to better serve the Autism Community.

“Developing Young Minds Through The Art of Animation ®”