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Children with autism to learn swimming skills at 4th annual Subway® Swim Day

As many families flock to the water for a summer outing, the Greensboro Aquatic Center and local Subway® restaurants invite you to the fourth annual Swim Day, in an effort to raise awareness and teach kids with autism basic swimming skills.

Saturday, June 2, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Two swim sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Families can pre-register through Autism Unbound at rsvp@autismunbound.org.
Walk-ins are welcome the day of the event.

Up to 90 percent of wandering-related deaths involving autistic children are due to drownings, according to a March 2017 study from the National Autism Association. 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 and the Greensboro Aquatic Center felt a need to organize the event after hearing about the high risk of drownings for people with autism. Subway® of Greensboro is a sponsor of the Center.

About Autism Unbound
Autism Unbound is a charitable organization dedicated to addressing needs of the autism community in the areas of advocacy, education and training, housing, and support. Its mission is to enable persons affected by autism spectrum disorder to live more independent, full lives by influencing the future today.

Autism spectrum disorder has directly touched the life of each member of Autism Unbound, either by chance or by choice. Autism Unbound is comprised of families and professionals determined to reach out to the local community and society at large to shape desirable opportunities for persons affected by autism in accordance with their individual needs, abilities, strengths, and preferences. Together, through consideration and cooperation, Autism Unbound seeks to make a lasting, positive difference.

Autism Unbound is an all-volunteer non-profit organization. 100% of proceeds received goes directly into focus areas for the public. Autism Unbound is committed to fundraisers and special events throughout the year to bring its mission from vision to reality.