Kids With Autism Learn Swimming Skills at 1st Annual Midlands Subway® Swim Day at The Harbison Community Center
Majority of wandering-related deaths involving kids with autism are due to drownings
WHAT: As many family’s flock to the water for summer outings, the Harbison Community Center, Easterseals of SC and local Subway® restaurants invite you to the 1st Annual Midlands Subway Swim Day, in an effort to raise awareness and teach children with autism basic swimming skills.
WHEN: Saturday, June 15th from 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Two swim sessions begin at 12:00 P.M. and 1:30 P.M.
Families can pre-register through Easterseals of SC at https://www.jotform.com/build/91395643433158
WHERE: Harbison Community Center
106 Hillpine Road, Columbia, SC 29212
WHO: Easterseals of SC will join with Harbison Community Center in the pool
along with celebrity swimmer Fiona G. Martin to teach children with autism basic swimming skills.
Camera crews are welcome to capture the Harbison Community Center coaches and Easterseals of SC teaching kids with autism basic swimming skills. Special Education volunteers will be on hand to provide perspective on water safety for children, who are vulnerable members of our population. After swimming, participants will enjoy a free Subway® meal and guardians can learn more safety tips to take home.
Up to 90 percent of wandering-related deaths involving autistic children are due to drownings, according the National Autism Association autism effects 1 in 59 children. The NAA states nearly half of all children with autism are prone to wandering, also known as eloping or bolting, from adult supervision and going to an object of fascination, such as water. They advise families to use a “tag, you’re it” system with children at family gatherings and to “search water first” for missing children. Wandering quick tips are available here.
Locally-owned Subway restaurant owners, Easterseals of SC and the Harbison Community Center felt a need to organize the event after hearing about the high risk of drownings for people with autism.
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