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Scout organizes screening of documentary featuring youth with autism as sports stars


Courtesy of Eric Mow
Los Altos resident Eric Mow’s Eagle Scout project aims to raise autism awareness through a screening of the film “Swim Team.”

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Eric Mow of Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 30 has organized a screening of the documentary “Swim Team” – a story about autism, athletic success and family tenacity – this weekend.

The event is scheduled 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sobrato Center in San Jose, to coincide with April’s Autism Awareness Month.

Mow, a Mountain View High School freshman, contacted the filmmakers for permission to host the screening and secured a space at the Sobrato Center, home base of Parents Helping Parents, a nonprofit organization that supports children and adults with special needs by providing information, training and resources to access services.

An all-woman production team directed, produced and filmed the award-winning movie, which follows the New Jersey families that started a competitive swim team for teenage boys on the autism spectrum.

Their team – the Jersey Hammerheads – exceeded all expectations in a story that explores “inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning,” according to the filmmakers.

“I think it was really inspiring that these families can push through the difficulties,” said Mow, a Los Altos resident. “I hope that more of the community will know about autism – what it is.”

The film’s three central protagonists are teens preparing to compete in the Special Olympics who learn what it means to plan for the future with varying degrees of disability or social difference. “Swim Team” explains aspects of living with autism and navigating social systems and closely follows the story of the three boys’ achievements.

Admission to the screening is free, but RSVPs are required.

The Sobrato Center is located at 1400 Parkmoor Ave., No. 100, in the Cupertino A and B conference rooms.

To RSVP and for more information, visit bit.ly/autismawarenessday.

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