It’s estimated that 1 in 110 children are coping with Autism, many of us have someone in our lives who is more than just one of those statistics. Each of us can make a difference. When our friends at Surfers Healing called to see if Jay was willing to participate in Autism Awareness Month, he didn’t hesitate.
Surfers Healing has been setting up camps across the country and Jay has seen the benefits and fun these events bring to thousands of families. “I’ve been to several events on the beach where kids with Autism are given beautiful experiences in the water through surfing. I am very supportive and grateful for this collective movement of compassion which Surfers Healing is leading the way.”, says Alders.
For Autism Awareness Month beginning April 1, 2013, Jay has chosen various items on his online store (shop.jayalders.com) that will be listed under the Charity section of his site with 20% of all profits being donated to Surfers Healing. Special packages and charity items will become available at 12AM on April 1st.
Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz.Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload– simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find comfort.
A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea–with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.