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This Swim Team for Teens With Autism Will Inspire You

November 04, 2016

A documentary called "Swim Team" that chronicles the New Jersey Hammerheads, a team of teens on the autism spectrum, was highlighted by The New York Times.

The film follows Coach Mike and his team as they train for the Special Olympics and the national USA Special Olympics games. However, the film also captures the uncertainty of the transition age for these young adults, and what options will be available to them once school ends.

Find out more about the film at

Their documentary will be showing in New York on November 17 as part of the DOC NYC Film Festival. Get your tickets here

The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood. Sections include Self-Advocacy, Employment, Postsecondary Opportunities, Internet Safety, Planning for Adulthood and more.

Autism Speaks also offers swimming grants to organizations that provide swimming and water safety lessons to award scholarships to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism.  (Important Note: Individuals on the autism spectrum and their families may not apply for the program. However, Autism Speaks encourages families to contact local organizations providing swimming lessons and ask them to submit an application.)