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In this post, one college student reports on his observations of a swim school in Maryland that received scholarship funding through the Autism Speaks Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund.

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"We will be lighting up on Friday, April 1 this year to ring in World Autism Awareness Day..."

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"I lost 60 pounds, participated in basketball camps almost every day that summer while working on my gross motor skills at my OT’s office. Than when try-outs came again I made the team. 2 years later as a senior I was our team's varsity captain."

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This blog post is by Emily Travis, a senior at the Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Maryland. Emily has an older brother on the autism spectrum.

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The diagnosis can be intimidating and parents are sometimes unsure of where to turn or what to do. I don’t have all the answers. But I do remember the panic, fears, denial, and the distress I felt when my own son was diagnosed. I know now so many things I did not know then.

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"But today, after years of therapy, consistency, his own maturity, and love, he is all of those things and more. He loves his life. And we love him."

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