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surfing for autism = the best of the obx

It was a great Saturday on the beach for the 5th Annual Surfing for Autism. Writing for the North Beach Sun, Kip Tabb looks at this event and beyond, examining what this kind of support says about the community in which we live.

The mission of Surfing for Autism is to offer individuals and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder a supportive environment to connect and share by creating opportunities to experience the therapeutic benefits of surfing. Through these opportunities, Surfing for Autism is also creating a greater awareness and a deeper understanding of ASD within the community.

In the water and learning to surf.

In the water and learning to surf.

“The 5th Annual Surfing for Autism was held today at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. According to organizers, it was the best attended yet, with a few more than 80 families participating.

It is a free event, as it has always been. Citing the extraordinary expense of raising a child with autism, the organization, Surfing for Autism, outlined their philosophy on their website. “Because raising a child with autism today has been shown to cost $3.2 million, we also wanted our event to be offered at no cost to participating families.”

Read the rest of the story at the North Beach Sun.

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