I thought this was an interesting and inspiring story.
A local couple has started an initiative to provide sports programs to kids living with autism. The couple claims that sports have helped their 10 year old son who was diagnosed with autism three years ago. They say their son has learned teamwork, socialization skills and leadership through sports. They state that kids with autism are often left out of playing team sports because the games are not designed for autistic children. For example, a gym full of loud noise can be stressful for kids with autism.
The parents currently have a facility booked for a basketball program in January, and they are looking to start with one program per month and eventually expand to six to 10 weeks-long programs by next fall.
According to stats from the US Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1 in 68 children fall on the autism spectrum with each individual possessing unique, distinctive abilities. Unfortunately those abilities aren't always recognized or given a chance to develop in a general school setting.
I always felt isolated and different in school for reasons other than autism, and team sports just reinforced those feelings of inferiority. It's sad because sports played a very crucial role later in my life in coping with depression and loneliness, so for me, it's heartening to see programs that help kids go from being isolated to being included. Just a little vision is all it takes.