Goldfish Swim School in Gaithersburg Will Award Three-Month Swim Lesson Packages to Local Children in Honor of Autism Acceptance Month

In honor of Autism Acceptance Month, Goldfish Swim School is raising awareness about the increased risk of drowning for children on the autism spectrum and the heightened need for water safety education among kids in this group and their families. Goldfish Swim Schools in Winter Park, Florida, where the foundation is based, and Gaithersburg, Maryland (801 Center Point Way), will award three-month swim lesson packages to 10 local children through the Alijah’s Swimmers Scholarships program. The program was launched in 2021 and has provided swim lessons for dozens of children.

Local residents in Gaithersburg and Winter Park can submit themselves or nominate a child from April 1 through April 30 by visiting According to a Goldfish Swim School press release, children with autism are 160 times more likely to die from drowning than the general pediatric population, according to a study by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, due to their increased tendency to explore and wander away from parents, teachers or caregivers and the affinity for water that many autistic kids share. Children on the spectrum can be highly focused, and if they slip away from a known adult, their curiosity can be life-threatening near any water source.



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