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Know the Facts
on Water Safety

  1. Individuals with developmental disabilities such as those with a diagnosis of autism or down syndrome are at a greater risk for drowning.

  2. According to the Autism Society of Florida, drowning is the #1 cause of death for those with an autism diagnosis.

  3. Data also illuminates that children with autism are 160 times more likely to be involved in both nonfatal and fatal drowning than other neurotypical children, many times, because of natural draws towards water due to its sensory impact.

  1. Engagement & Awareness: Caregivers are encouraged to let your neighbors know if your loved one has a tendency to wander and is attracted to water. We encourage you to look for opportunities to proactively engage and help out. There may be people in your community who are your neighbors, your coworkers, or those who attend church with you, who could use an extra set of eyes or hands when their loved ones are around to ensure we all enjoy water safely.

  2. Appeal & Educate: Make learning how to swim and water safety visual. Create both written and photo schedules to inform and teach students in a way that best suits their needs.

  3. Consistency & Structure: Everyone benefits from consistency and structure, and when learning a new skill, practice is key. Consistently reiterate water safety skills in a structured environment for best results.

For more water safety information visit: Watersmartfl.com

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