April is Autism Awareness Month!
Here at Island Inspired, we are privledged to work with all kinds of new people every day. Some of the most rewarding work that we’ve done over the years has come from working with children with Autism. With April being Autism Awareness Month, we’d like to share with you some facts about autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD), and some of the things that we do to include these children in the surf experience.
An estimated 1 in 68 births are of a child with Autism, making more than 3.5 million Americans autistic.*
This number has been growing between 6 and 15 percent every year since 2002.
This makes Autism the fasting growing developmental disability.
Yes You CAN Learn to Surf
We try to engage kids on the spectrum to allow them to experience everything that everyone else does here at Island Inspired Board Company, so we have hosted events and volunteer at many others that focus on not only these children but also their families. Currently, we are holding Family Surf Experiences in Surfside Beach, South Carolina with Champion Autism Network during the month of April to get the kids and their families active in both the ocean and the joy of surfing.
You can learn more about the Champion Autism Network here…. Yes You CAN
The Advantage Games – 2nd Annual Event at Pelican Stadium
We also just attended The Advantage Games. Held at the Pelicans stadium, this event featured games and activities that kids with ASD could participate in as well as showcased companies through out Myrtle Beach that are sensory friendly. With 20 games specifically designed by ABA therapists, the Reggie Sanders Foundation made sure to put these children’s needs as a priority for the day. What a fun day and if you missed it and want to attend next year, we will post the event as soon as we get the dates!
Island Inspired as a whole, is incredibly thankful to have the opportunities to interact with children on the spectrum. It is important to us that each surfer has a great experience and we offer the same experience to everyone regardless of their physical and social differences. It is always our goal to build the community of surfers and we see diversity as beneficial to the sport in so many wonderful ways!
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See you soon!
Cate & The Island Inspired Team
One of our ASD friends, Anthony, pictured here with his custom board that he designed with Todd. It is a neuron and was featured in one of our online ad campaigns, Think Differently.
*All statistics taken from autism-society.org