Autism Swim have launched an Australian-first report on the issue of drowning and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The report highlights some informative, interesting and alarming statistics.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition which impacts how someone views the world. People with ASD can experience difficulties with communication, social interaction and restricted/ repetitive interests and behaviours. In Australia, statistics indicate that an estimated 1:70 people have ASD.⁸

Drowning is the leading cause of death among children with ASD. According to US-based National Autism Association, between 2009 and 2011, drowning subsequent to wandering accounted for approximately 90% of total (US) deaths reported in children with ASD aged 14 and younger.¹⁰

The report is successfully creating awareness and parents, aquatic professionals and those with other abilities can now feel reassured that support is available.

Download the full report by Autism Swim, ‘Autism and drowning – the underreported issue’ 2019

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