A Very Special Swimming Program Gives Kids With Autism A Lifesaving Lesson

Apr 29, 2015 By Christi Mulligan
Autism Speaks is a U.S.-based advocacy organization for autism. The goal of the organization is to provide outreach, promote awareness and conduct research. It was co-founded in 2005 by Bob Wright, who was the vice chairman of General Electric, along with his wife Suzanne. They became interested in setting up such an organization after their grandson, Christian, was diagnosed with autism a year prior.

Around one year ago, Autism Speaks began to offer grants across the country for swimming programs that would offer more assistance, personal attention, patience and specialized techniques to teach children with autism how to swim. These programs provide these students with a social situation to thrive in as well as the opportunity to enjoy swimming activities.
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