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Documentary 'Swim Team' Promotes Autism Inclusion

Three of the members of the swim team pulling on goggles. Be sure to catch the PBS premiere of Swim Team on Monday, October 2! Check your local listings for more information!

Easterseals is proud to support the new award-winning documentary Swim Team by partnering on the film’s national rollout as part of an innovative campaign to encourage inclusion in our communities.

Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive swim team of diverse teens on the autism spectrum. The film follows three of the team’s star athletes who are on the cusp of adulthood and grappling with “aging out” of school district support. As the team vies for state and national Special Olympics championships, Swim Team captures a moving quest for inclusion and independence.

Swim Team’s grassroots screening campaign allows people across the country to view this special story in welcoming environments that foster community. Easterseals is excited to collaborate on this initiative that amplifies the voices of the disability community and introduces a new face of the American family to those who haven’t yet been touched by disability.

#TeamUp with Easterseals and Swim Team by hosting or attending a screening in your community.

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What people are saying about Swim Team:

Robbie from Swim Team looking to his right
Mike and his son from Swim Team

"Eye-opening, thoughtful, inspiring..."

— Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

"...an exceptional documentary on what it means to come together for a common goal under extraordinary circumstances."

— Anne-Katrin Titze, Eye For Film

"Many swimmers, coaches, and teams are hungry for the next inspiring, heart-wrenching film to come along and make them laugh, cry, and shout “KICK!” at the screen. Now your wishes have been fulfilled."

— Hannah Hecht, Swim Swam

“SWIM TEAM plunges viewers into the world of young men on the autism spectrum as they compete against other teams and race against the clock in their transition towards adulthood. A touching and real look at what young adults on the autism spectrum and their families are capable of and the challenges they face.”

— Suzanne Buchanan, Psy. D. BCBA-D; Executive Director, Autism NJ

Read more about autism inclusion and competitive swimming in our exclusive Q&A with Swim Team's director, Lara Stolman

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