Mission: The surfers for autism mission is to unlock the potential of people with developmental delays, support advocacy for autism issues and scientific research. Our focus is to eliminate stigma through public awareness and education and to unite communities through volunteerism. We do this by holding grand scale beach festivals for children and young adults with autism (and related developmental delays). Our surfers are provided a safe, fun, judgment free environment where our volunteer surf instructors carefully guide them into the wavies.
Programs: There are 200 plus participants at each of our events. Our participants are at different ages and levels on the autism scale. While benefits are subjective, over the course of our surf tour, about 1500 children benefit from the program. Some particpants are better at receiving touch after going into the waves.
some participants speak for the first time after going into the wavies. Some sleep better or are calmer after the event.
This organization has a great core group of volunteers and pull many more from the local area of each event all over the coasts of Florida. Our daughter participated in her first event more than 5 years ago and after her first event she went from barely uttering a few words to chattering away about the water and standing on the board.
To say these people work miracles in the lives they touch would be an understatement!