Riding the Wave of Autism

Riding the Wave of Autism, the short film about a surf clinic for autistic children in Florida, will be shown on the opening night of the 25th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, with Ed Burn’s new film, “Nice Guy Johnny.”

“Riding the Wave of Autism is so well done – so moving and inspiring…it made my day,” festival director Greg Von Hausch said.

Watch the film below, it’ll make your day, too!

The surfing clinic in Jacksonville will be Oct. 23 this year. Check out Surfers for Autism’s Facebook page.

via YouTube – Riding the Wave of Autism.

‘Clay Marzo: Just Add Water’ and ClayMarzo.com

“Clay Marzo: Just Add Water,” the award-winning documentary about a champion surfer with Asperger’s syndrome is available as a DVD or download. It gets a good review here from AspieWeb.

If you’re a fan of Clay Marzo or surfing, check out ClayMarzo.com for some fabulous photos and videos.

From AspieWeb:

So I finally was able to watch a video about world famous surfer with Autism Clay Marzo. The movie titled ‘Just Add Water’ is a great video and I highly recommend it! The video does a good job showing how successful and great people with Autism can be. This is a great video for the person with Autism who is feeling down and like they will not be successful. There are also interview with Dr. Tony Attwod the world expert on Aspergers.

via Clay Marzo: Just Add Water – Autistic Surfer.

Surfing in the Special Olympics?

In waist-deep water off Cocoa Beach, 32-year-old Dawn Blanchard is taking only the second surfing lesson of her life, yet she manages to stand, however briefly, on nearly every wave she catches. And each time she does, she flashes a double thumbs-up, beams joyously and announces, “I did it! I did it!”

This continues for two hours. Yet no one — not the surf instructors, not the considerable crowd of earnest spectators on the beach, certainly not Blanchard herself — seems to weary.

“It’s awesome,” said Deb Spence, a Special Olympics swim coach who cheers from the beach. “She’s actually doing a lot better than I did when I started.”

Blanchard is one of Spence’s Special Olympics swimmers, and this surf lesson is part of a grand experiment to try to introduce surfing as a Special Olympics sport. It’s a collaboration between Cocoa Beach’s iconic Ron Jon Surf Shop, which is picking up the tab, and Special Olympics Florida. The program launched a week ago with eight athletes, ages 18 to 43. All of them have intellectual disabilities, from Down syndrome to autism.

via Surfing in the Special Olympics? The seeds are being planted – OrlandoSentinel.com.