Spectrum Fusion Studios is transforming the lives of adults with autism

HOUSTON, Texas – William Purdy, Darren Logue, John Karl Barth, Rhys Griffin and Philip Thomas all have something in common. They are all members of Spectrum Fusion’s talented multimedia team, which shoots, writes and produces content for clients such as Johnson & Johnson. They are also all on the autism spectrum.

Spectrum Fusion, a non-profit organization, helps young adults with autism find meaningful employment. His media team consists of five members based in a state-of-the-art studio in southeast Houston.

“We are very excited about Spectrum Fusion Studios,” said Dr. Heidi Stieglitz Ham, Founder and CEO of Spectrum Fusion. “It’s the only studio in the world run by autistic adults. We brought all the creatives together, so now we have one team. We have video editors, we have voice actors, we have script writers, we have graphic designers. So we have this service that we can offer companies and they can hire us.”

In addition to creating commercials, promos and other content for clients, Spectrum Fusion also produces short projects that highlight different people with autism.

“For the first time, I’m actually making a living in what I want to achieve, which is video production,” said John Karl Barth, a member of Spectrum Fusion Studios, who has autism. “This is a job that’s very adult-focused on the spectrum, which most jobs in any field aren’t.”

“Now that this is the first time I’ve been able to make films and get paid to do it, it’s just amazing,” said Rhys Griffin, another Spectrum Fusion Studios member who also lives with autism. “I feel like I’m finally going in the right direction.”

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra has been collaborating with Spectrum Fusion Studios for three years.

“Not only is the quality and storytelling done so well, there’s a real focus on what your message is and that’s really unique in this field,” said Alecia Lawyer, Founder and Artistic Director of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.

dr Heidi Stieglitz Ham first launched Spectrum Fusion in Australia and brought the non-profit organization to Houston in 2018. According to recent studies, up to 85% of adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed, with the rest being underemployed. Spectrum Fusion aims to make the world a better place for them.

“We rely exclusively on donations and sponsorship and then on income from our media team,” says Dr. Goldfinch Ham. “I can truly say that there is no other organization of this type in the world that keeps people busy, makes them grow and has these connections that are long lasting.”

For more information on Spectrum Fusion, visit spectrumfusion.org.

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Tom Vazquez

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