Digital Arts and Technology Access Program

DATA is a media arts and technology program designed for neurodiverse individuals (such as autism or ADHD) ages 13-19. A series of summer and fall workshops will build up different creative and social skills. Students will learn a large range of media-based practices that will suit all interests in technology and art.


Summer 2021

Sound, July 26–29, 2021
Animation, August 2–5, 2021
Monday–Thursday 9 am–1 pm
Showcase August 7, 1 pm
Cost per workshop: $100, Lunch is provided
@ Villa Maria College, 240 Pine Ridge Rd, Buffalo, NY 14225
Instructor: Nyles Moore


Space is limited to ensure proper social distancing. Students will be required to wear masks at all times. Limited scholarships are available. Please email for scholarship information and questions. 

In addition to class time is a social and lunch hour. In collaboration with Villa Maria’s Achieve Program, students will play games and learn social skills through various activities.

Animation is the oldest form of media art. In these creative workshops, students will explore different forms of traditional and digital animation, and sound for animation to create a final animation project.

Can’t make both weeks? No problem, the work created each week will be used to create a collaborative project.


Register here


Check back soon for fall 2021


In partnership with:


About our generous funder Children’s Guild Foundation
The Children’s Guild Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults with special needs in Western New York through funding support and advocacy programs within healthcare, research, education and therapeutic recreation. Learn more here.

About our partner Villa Maria College’s Achieve program
The Achieve Program provides specialized services to students with learning differences. At Villa, we look at students’ needs individually, and develop a plan to help ease their transition into college. Through the Achieve Program, students can build their confidence as they develop the skills that are critical for achieving academic and social successes at the collegiate level and beyond. Specialized services include tutoring, multiple individual meetings for academic progress, communication and time management support, connection support for outside agencies, workshops and activities, and career readiness programming/curriculum/simulation experience. Learn more here.

About our partner Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at Oishei Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at Oishei Children’s Hospital evaluates, diagnoses and supports families with autism spectrum disorders. One component of the program includes identifying needs in the community and collaborating on the development of new resources and opportunities for families. Currently, there are very few programs or social opportunities available for teens on the spectrum. Programs based on music, art and technology allow teens to learn new skills and find different ways of expressing themselves in a creative, social and supportive environment. Learn more here.


Special thanks to one of our summer program funders, Autism Speaks.