Water safety is important in everyone’s lives. However, in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD or autism), it is crucial. Many individuals with ASD are drawn to water, some of which are unable to understand the dangers associated with it. Accidental drowning is accountable for 91% of all fatalities in children with autism under the age of 14. Additionally, in Texas, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
To help prevent drowning, the T.W. Davis Family YMCA and Hope For Three will host a Family Swim Safety Day on June 24 to introduce basic water safety skills, to kids ages 3 and older, and provide their parents with important tools for drowning prevention. The safety skills class is free of charge and will be held at the T.W. Davis Family YMCA, 911 Thompson Hwy, Richmond, TX 77469. This one-hour class will be held from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm. All participants must register prior to the event.
If you would like to register or need more information, please email Maria Rebolar, Aquatic Director at the T.W. Davis Family YMCA, Maria.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about Hope For Three, including valuable resources and other ways to help, please visit hopeforthree.org or call 281-245-0640. Hope For Three. Autism Advocates. Providing Help. Creating Hope. Since 2011.
T.W. Davis Family YMCA
911 Thompson Hwy
Richmond, TX 77469.