ECIAS Swim School Grant Application (2018 Candidates were chosen in May. Registration currently CLOSED.)

The East Central Iowa Autism Society (ECIAS) has teamed up with the Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation to offer a pilot program for teaching basic safety swimming skills to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This program will cover a series of swimming lessons, to help teach the child beginning level swimming skills, taught by a qualified swimming instructor on a 1:1 basis.

The skills taught to the swimmer will be bobbing, floating, jumping from the side of the pool, treading water, and other basic level instruction. Children that are beyond basic level swimming skills would not benefit from this program. Due to regulations, the child must be toilet trained and cannot wear swim diapers during the lesson.

Lessons: This program will GRANT up to a maximum of twenty-four (24), 30-minute lessons, Monday-Thursday, from 3:00pm – 3:30 pm, to be completed as follows:
 Session 1: June 18th - June 21st, and June 25th – June 28th (8 lessons)
 Session 2: July 9th – July 12th, and July 16th – July 19th (8 lessons)
 Session 3: July 23rd – July 26th, and July 30th – August 2nd (8 lessons)

Registration will be open from April 15th-May 1st. Recipients of the grant will be emailed/called within 2 weeks after May 1st for confirmation of acceptance.