Prevention Advisor: April 2019
April Is Autism Awareness Month!
For Autism Awareness Month we've been promoting some amazing learn to swim initiatives that focus on spreading water competence to the whole community and on the therapeutic benefits of aquatic environments for people with autism. Since drowning is among the leading causes of death for people with autism, we try not to stop singing the praises of efforts like these. This monthly observance gives us the opportunity to draw special attention to the importance of making accessibility a best practice in aquatics programming. Our social media accounts this month featured videos of some of the most inspiring swim therapy instruction around, a story about a waterpark designated as an autism center, and much much more.
If you’ve followed our Aquatic Health Benefits Bulletin for long at all, you’re already aware of the wealth of resources on autism and aquatic health that we provide for free on our site. If not, please browse our archive. In addition to research on aquatics and autism spectrum disorder, this month's AHBB includes a lengthy list of the most recent studies on current issues in aquatic therapy.
Lots of big industry news came across the wire this month, starting with the launch of official operations for the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA). If you haven't listened to the recent Pool Chasers podcast where Larry Caniglia and Chris Curcio discuss what's to come for the PHTA, we'd highly recommend it. You can listen to the embedded file below or visit the Pool Chasers site for more listening options. (While you're there, be sure to check out their other podcasts, including a discussion with SWD Master David Penton.)
This month also saw the opening of the Pool Safely Grant Application period. Established as part of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (VGB Act), Pool Safely Grants help local governments promote water safety efforts by providing vital and substantial funding to the winning applicants. The application period for this year’s round of $2 million in funding is open until June 5, 2019. Read more here.
And last but not least, you can now register for the 16th Annual World Aquatic Health™ Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia! We'd like to say a special thanks here to our conference, web development, SEO, and graphic design teams for all the hard and smart work they've put into building such an amazing new conference site. Remember, the early registration rates increase on May 31st, so act fast!
And don't forget to browse our social media highlights where you can view some of the amazing resources we've shared this month..
Social Media Highlights
Follow #AutismAwareness on our social channels for more of what we’ve been up to this month. And if you find yourself on the outs with social media, our highlights from the month are below.
Real Look Autism's Swim School Episode
A heartening look at one nonverbal child's path to water competence.
Aquatica Orlando Gains Status as Certified Autism Center
Waterpark worked with a third-party organization to make the park more welcoming to visitors with autism. Read more here.
Capital District YMCA's Spot on Swimming with Autism
A very useful piece on the necessity of swim programming for children and adults on the autism spectrum.
Pool Chasers Interview with Larry Caniglia and Chris Curcio on the PHTA
And check out more podcasts from Pool Chasers here.