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Who We Are

Different Minds Academy was launched in 2019 by Dr. Jim Tanaka at the University of Victoria. He saw a need in the Victoria community for science based, engaging and fun programs for kids who don’t fit the neurotypical mould. Dr. Tanaka felt that the neurodiverse community lacked ways to access the benefits of the research that he and his colleagues were carrying out on neurodiversity. He later partnered with the AMES Family Foundation to fund classes for kids with neurodiversities that apply scientifically backed strategies for improving self regulation, social skills, and more!

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We've teamed up with Kel Modern Magic to provide top-notch, inclusive, and fun magic classes for budding magicians.


Children get hands-on experience with robotics, igniting their passion for technology and innovation.

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Visit the lab website to learn more about Jim's research!

Art Class

Different Minds outreach - coming soon!

“What an Unforgettable experience the Academy was today - we are so grateful to be able to take part. I can only imagine was it takes to organize such an amazing event - so many details. Thank you for all that you have done! And we appreciate you pairing us with (our buddy) - she is a complete gem! Every section of today’s agenda was just spectacular - we can’t wait for the next session in November! Thank you!!”


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