Manabu Movement and Have Dreams to develop content for children with Autism

The agreement makes way for a new level of much-needed programming and edutainment to children on the spectrum across the globe.




Manabu Movement foundation has signed a collaborative agreement with Have Dreams, a resource center for programs and education for children, teens, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), to develop animated and ancillary content and combine their knowledge, experience, and resources to improve children’s wellbeing by creating fun, evidence-based, and emotionally-grounded content that any child can follow along and enjoy.

Among its first priorities for Manabu Movement is to enhance and expand Have Dream’s ASD & the Library program which uses their structured teaching methodology to aid librarians in improving literacy for children with Autism.

Manabu empowers children to reach their full potential and become advocates for a kinder, more inclusive, and sustainable future. “We are beyond excited to collaborate with Have Dreams, as we believe this unique collaboration can genuinely enrich the edutainment space,” Executive Director Tihana Smitran said of this agreement. “Our purpose is timeless and aims to empower children from all walks of life, bring more equality, and encourage collaboration and understanding among children."

Resources for educators, care providers, and families is another major priority for Manabu Movement and will be working closely with Have Dreams to ensure that their IP has the greatest impact for children on the spectrum.

“Manabu Movement opens an untapped avenue for children with ASD to join their peers in learning through edutainment.”, said Kris Johnsen, Executive Director of Have Dreams. “We are proud to collaborate on this creative venture and extend Have Dreams’ mission.”

Manabu Movement seeks to make additional partnerships with NGOs, organizations, and brands committed to impactful children’s programming. In addition to executives in Switzerland, Germany, and Los Angeles, Manabu Movement has a close working relationship with the Amulet Animation Studio in Zagreb, Croatia who have developed the Manabu characters.