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Surfers Healing 
 
 
"Israel and Danielle Paskowitz are the founders of Surfers Healing. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload--simple sensations could become overwhelming, even painful. The one thing that seemed to calm him was being in the ocean; even as a baby Isaiah loved to swim and splash in the shallows. Israel and Danielleís two other children are Israelah 16 and Elijah 9. Isaiah is now 13. In an inspired moment, Israel, a former champion longboard surfer, borrowed a large board built for tandem surfing. Putting Isaiah on the front of the board, Israel sat behind him, paddling and steering from the back. They spent the day catching waves and surfing together. The impact it had on both Isaiah and Israel was profound. 'There was something about the ocean that calmed him', recounts Israel. 'Being in the water seemed to soothe his overloaded senses.' More importantly, surfing together had created a new closeness between Israel and Isaiah.... Today, the day camps, which are free to participants, are attended by over 200 people and receive media coverage from the likes of People magazine and HBO television. Says Danielle, 'This all started out as a means to share something really meaningful to us with other families of autistic children. Itís amazing to see how much joy this has brought not just to the kids, but to the families as well.' Currently, day camps are being held in Southern California, New York and Hawaii. The hope of the foundation is to continue to expand so that one day, surf camps could be offered to autistic children all over the world." Need surf & beach volunteers.  San Juan Capistrano
TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids 
 
 
"Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to reach their maximum potential by providing them, their families and the professionals who serve them with training, support, information, resources and referrals, and by providing community awareness programs. Initially, the primary focus was on children three to 21 years of age, but services evolved to include all ages, especially in the TASK Technology Center. TASK serves families of children aged birth to 22 years of age under IDEA and other systems mandated to provide services to individuals with disabilities. As a federally-funded Parent Training and Information Center, TASK is part of a national network of centers providing similar services. TASK provides advocacy information, workshops and information in English, Spanish and Vietnamese."  Anaheim
YMCA Community Services 
 
 
"Serves entire county. Programs include family, youth, adult and group counseling, mentoring programs, ARK Services for Abused Children, activities and camps for persons with developmental challenges, gang prevention programs, and drug and alcohol prevention programs, and Child Care Health Consultation. "  Tustin
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