Swimming is a valuable tool for those in our community. At the YMCA in Burlington, Vermont, instructors are giving two dozen swimmers who are on the autism spectrum lessons for free. As part of our Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund, Autism Speaks was able to give this YMCA a one-year grant to provide these lessons to their students.
As part of the lessons, The Y is using techniques such as repetition and counting to help teach their students water safety. Jess Lukas who is the assistant aquatics director at The Y told WPTZ, “There are some severe attention things, so we’re really dedicating these lessons one-on-one so we can accommodate and best communicate with people one-on-one to best fulfill their needs.”
The program hopes to grow in the future as more and more applications come in every week from families in their community.
The Autism Speaks Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund selects eligible organizations and programs to identify qualified financially disadvantaged individuals with autism and offer scholarship funds for swimming and water safety lessons. You can learn more about how to apply for the program here.