Easterseals partnership to encourage community inclusion of families with disabilities
This innovative campaign is part of the national rollout of the forthcoming film. The movie tells the story of the Jersey Hammerheads, which is a competitive swim team made up of teens who are on the autism spectrum.
During the film, the audience follows three of the team's star athletes, individuals who are “aging out” of autism public education supports and services. The team competes for state and national Special Olympic championships while discussing independence, inclusiveness and accomplishments resulting from dedication and hard work.
"We're thrilled to have Easterseals' leadership in outreach and engagement so that 'Swim Team' can inspire a nationwide audience of families and individuals living with autism," Lara Stolman, director of "Swim Team," said. "Our experience filming taught us just how difficult this transition to independence is for the entire family. Easterseals is in our communities ready to support these young adults and their families — with services ranging from employment and education to housing and accessibility."
A primary goal is to raise awareness about the important topics featured in the film.
"Easterseals' purpose to change the way the world defines and views disabilities speaks directly to the dreams of our Hammerheads athletes and their families," Shanna Belott, producer of "Swim Team," said. "Our partnership will help audiences with disabilities understand that there is a community waiting for them at Easterseals, and will help typical audiences recognize the role they play in a more inclusive and welcoming society."