Raising Awareness of Positive Inclusion Experiences for Students with ASD a Success
Earlier this month the Special Education Program invited educators, students, athletes, and local community members to watch “Swim Team,” an award-winning documentary that profiles the rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive swim team made up of a diverse group of teens on the autism spectrum. The film follows three teammates nearing the point of “aging out,” or when eligibility for government services diminishes significantly. Film director Lara Stolman attended the screening for a lively Q&A session with an engaged audience of 150 people.
The evening was organized by co-directors of the Special Education Program at the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, Alyson Martin, EdD, assistant professor, and Emily Shamash, EdD, visiting assistant professor.
"We could not be more pleased with how the screening and Q&A session with the audience unfolded,” said Dr. Martin. “We are thankful for Lara Stolman for taking questions from the audience, and we hope the screening has served its purpose of raising awareness of the importance of positive inclusive practices for students with ASD.”
The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions would like to thank director Lara Stolman for her partnership and for the greater Fairfield community for attending the event.
Watch the trailer for “Swim Team” and learn more about future screening.