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Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund Recipients

January 2015 - Autism Speaks is excited to announce the fourth round of recipients of the Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund. This fund, announced in early 2014, selects eligible organizations and programs to identify qualified financially disadvantaged individuals with autism and offer scholarship funds for swimming and water safety lessons. Funding will be awarded quarterly. Learn more here!

Q1 2014
Q2 2014
Q3 2014
Q4 2014

Below is a video of some of the swimmers who have benefitted from Autism Speaks scholarships!

Fourth Quarter 2014 Recipients

A total of 16 local organizations were awarded funding of up to $2,000 each. The list is organized alphabetically by state below:

YMCA of Pomona Valley
Diamond Bar, CA
www.pomonaymca.org

Aqua Tots
Schererville, IL
www.aqua-tots.com

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Chicago, IL
www.ymcachicago.org

City of Portland, Center for Therapeutic Recreation
Portland, ME
www.portlandmaine.gov

Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Dorchester, MA
www.bgcdorchester.org

YMCA of Greater Springfield
Springfield, MA
www.springfieldy.org

Oakland University
Rochester, MI
www.oakland.edu

Ozark Center
Joplin, MO
www.freemanhealth.com

Camp Puzzle Peace
Walworth, NY
www.camppuzzlepeace.com

JCC of Greater Buffalo
Buffalo, NY
www.jccbuffalo.org

Little Otter Swim School
Charlotte, NC
www.littleotterswim.com

Pitt County Schools
Greenville, NC
www.pitt.k12.nc.us

Educational Service Center Lake Erie West
Toledo, OH
www.esclakeeriewest.org

YMCA of Greater Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN
www.ymcachattanooga.org

Greater Burlington YMCA
Burlington, VT
www.gbymca.com

Little Fish Swimming
Fredericksburg, VA
www.littlefishswimming.com

Third Quarter 2014 Recipients

A total of 23 local organizations were awarded funding of up to $2,000 each. The list is organized alphabetically by state below:

AbilityFirst Water Safety & Swimming Program
Pasadena, CA
www.abilityfirst.com

Academy Swim Club Autism Safety Awareness
Valencia, CA
www.swim4life.com

Kernes Adaptive Aquatics
Monterrey, CA
www.kernespool.org

Mermaid Aquatics OCEAN
Kissimmee, FL
www.kissimmeeparks.org

St. Mary's County Adaptive Aquatics
Leonardtown, MD
www.stmarysmd.com

Calvert County Parks and Recreation Adaptive Swim
Prince Frederick, MD
www.co.cal.md.us

EMARC Recreation Adapted Aquatics
Wakefield, MA
www.theemarc.org

YWCA of Bergen County Adaptive Swim
Ridgewood, NJ
www.ymcagbc.org

The JCC in Manhattan Special Needs Swim
New York, NY
www.jccmanhattan.org

New Settlement Apartments Swim Time
Bronx, NY
www.settlementhousingfund.org

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Swim for Life
New York, NY
www.nycgovparks.org

STRIDE Swim Program
Rensselaer, NY
www.stride.org

The Arc of High Point Fit Club Swim Program
High Point, NC www.arcofhp.org

Cannon Memorial YMCA
Kannapolis, NC
www.cannonymca.org

Nationwide Children's Hospital Water Safety Program
Westerville, OH
www.nationwidechildrens.org

Tamarack Wellness Center Autism Swims
Eugene, OR
www.tamarackwellness.com

Chehalem Park and Recreation District
Newberg, OR
www.cprdnewberg.org

Greater Carbondale YMCA Swim Spectrum
Carbondale, PA
www.greatercarbondaleymca.org

Rutherford County Family YMCA
Murfreesboro, TN
www.ymcamidtn.org

Nashville Dolphins A-Team
Nashville, TN
www.nashvilledolphins.org

Safesplash Utah Special Swim Lessons
Salt Lake City, UT;
www.safesplash.com

Aquaexcel Waterworks
Freeland, WA
www.aquaexcel.org

Greater Green Bay YMCA Sensory Swim
Green Bay, WI;
www.greenbayymca.org

Second Quarter 2014 Recipients

A total of 32 local organizations were awarded funding of up to $2,000 each. The list is organized alphabetically by state below:

City of Bryant Buddy & Me Swim School
Bryant, AR
www.cityofbryant.com

Australian Swim School Adaptive Aquatics
Santa Ana, CA
www.australianswimschool.com

Copley Family YMCA Adaptive Aquatics
San Diego, CA
www.copley.ymca.org

Debbie's Swim School
Fairfield, CA
www.debbiesswimschool.com

Riverside County Regional Park District
Jurupa Valley, CA
www.rivcoparks.org

Santa Clara Swim Club Special Abilities Program
Santa Clara, CA
www.santaclaraswimclub.org

SwimLabs OC
Lake Forest, CA
www.swimlabs.com

Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center
Brandon, FL
www.mybsac.org

The Gift of Swimming
Winter Garden, FL
www.giftofswimming.org

KidGenius Aqualabs ISR Drowning Prevention
Ocala, FL
www.kidgeniusinc.org

Pediatric Aquatic Therapy
Lakewood Ranch, FL
www.pediatricaquatictherapy.com

YMCA of South Palm Beach County
Boca Raton, FL
www.ymcaspbc.org

Chatham County Aquatic Center
Savannah, GA
www.aquatic.chathamcounty.org

YMCA of Metro Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
www.ymcaatlanta.org

Have Dreams
Park Ridge, IL www.havedreams.org

MarTar Swim School
Eldridge, MD
www.martsrswimming.com

Kennedy-Donovan Center/Pleasant Street YMCA
Foxboro, MA
www.kdc.org

Springfield JCC Adaptive Aquatics
Springfield, MA
www.springfieldjcc.org

Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation
Mountainside, NJ
www.childrens-specialized.org

The Community YMCA
Shrewbury, NJ
www.cymca.org

Bronx House Community Center
Bronx, NY
www.bronxhouse.org

SNACK Swim Program
New York, NY
www.snacknyc.com

Swim Strong Foundation
East Elmhurst, NY
www.swimstrongfoundation.org

Swim Swim Swim I Say
New York, NY
www.swimswimswimisay.com

University Settlement EXCEL Swimming Program
New York, NY
www.universitysettlement.org

A.E. Finley YMCA
Raleigh, NC
www.ymcatriangle.org

Piranha Aquatics Autism Program
Salem, OH
piranhaaquatics.com

Cincinnati Recreation Commission Foundation
Cincinnati, OH
www.cincyrec.org/tr

Providence Child Center Adaptive Swim Lessons
Portland, OR
www.providence.org/childcenter

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
Allentown, PA
www.goodshepherdrehab.org

The Kinney Center Swimming Program
Philadelphia, PA
www.kinneyautism.sju.edu

Texas Swim Academy
Katy, TX
www.texasswimacademy.com

First Quarter 2014 Recipients

The first round recipients are listed below. A total of $37,000 was awarded to 15 local organizations:

Angelfish Therapy
CT, NY, NJ and MA
www.angelfishtherapy.com

City of Folsom
Folsom, CA
www.folsom.ca.us

Leapz n Bounds
Los Angeles, CA
leapsnboundz.com/programs/swimming

The Swim School of San Diego
San Diego, CA
www.divecalifornia.com/Menu_Education/Courses/Swim/Swim_School.html

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association Foundation
Carol Stream, IL
www.wdsra.com

University of Kansas Medical Research Institute
Kansas City, KS
www.kumc.edu/school-of-health-professions/occupational-therapy-education.html?health-pro

YMCA of Metro Detroit
Detroit, MI
ydetroitswims.org

Platte County Community Center North YMCA
Platte City, MO
www.kansascityymca.org

MRESC Aquatics and Fitness Center
Parlin, NJ
www.theaquaticscenter.com/aquatics

Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo
Buffalo, NY
http://www.jccbuffalo.org/fitAqua.asp

Samuel Field YM & YWHA
Bayside, NY
http://btpool.org/swimlessons.html

Haugland Learning Center
Columbus, OH
http://hauglandlearningcenter.com/locations/activitiescenter.php

YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity - Ambler Branch YMCA
Ambler, PA
www.philaymca.org/branches/ambler/ability-programs/

Neurodevelopmental Therapy Services
Houston, TX
www.ntstherapy.com

Community Integration Services
North Bend, WA
www.cisaquatics.com

Visit the Autism Speaks online grants database to learn more about grants we have funded!