Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is excited to be working Surf Life Saving Australia, to make beaches and Surf Life Saving Clubs (SLSCs) more inclusive for people with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum.
There are lots of children on the autism spectrum who love the water and are incredibly talented and fearless swimmers. Sometimes though, children on the autism spectrum might have trouble recognising where the safest place to swim is at the beach, or understanding the signals or instructions being given by a surf life saver. They might need instructions to be delivered differently during Nippers, or given a little extra processing time.
We will be working with a number of SLSCs to develop training workshops and inclusion techniques for Age Managers and members on patrols. Building capacity within SLSCs is our goal, so that surf life savers can confidently support people with a disability within their club.
By working with Surf Life Saving Clubs and families, we can create opportunities where children with disability can learn these vital skills.
Because every family should be able to enjoy the beautiful beaches Australia has to offer in a safe and meaningful way.