Autism Speaks Grant supports a new swim program for children in the Bronx
April 5, 2019
Last week, we visited the New Settlement school in the Bronx, NY, which received a Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Grant in 2018. New Settlement collaborates with community residents and develops partnerships to create services and opportunities that celebrate the inherent dignity and potential of individuals and families. They are the CBO partner to P10X of district 75, serving 48 elementary school children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum. Almost all of the children who attend P10X are Black and Latino, man of whom are recent immigrants. The median income in the surrounding community is less than $25,000 a year for a household of four.
Swim Time is a program run for students in a very structured instructional setting composed of 8 students, eight Water Safety Instructors, two Lifeguards, one Coordinator/Director, one teacher, and one paraprofessional. Swim Time provides a weekly opportunity to students diagnosed with autism gain in the areas of sensory-motor development, coordination, and learning through a swimming program. Our funds support the swim program and we got to see the amazing kids in action as they practiced their skills in the pool!
We look forward to announcing a new round of grant recipients this month. Stay tuned! To learn more about our grantmaking, visit https://www.autismspeaks.org/grants-0.