In 2011, with VSA national funding, VSA Tennessee began a “dream” project: a fashion design course for young people with autism focused on creating Superhero costumes. In March and April, 23 youth attended sessions in the Human Sciences Department of Middle Tennessee State University. The youth created hand sketches and renderings, worked on Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, operated Brother Innovis 500D sewing machines, and presented a public style show of their costumes.
VSA Tennessee (www.vsatn.org) provides opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in and express themselves through the arts and arts education. It is an affiliate of VSA (www.vsarts.org), a part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and was founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith.