2018 Grand Finalist

Autism Swim

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are 160 times more likely to drown than their peers, Autism Swim aims to change this.

Autism Swim is an international, social enterprise of experts specialising in wandering and drowning prevention for those with ASD and other abilities.

Autism Swim was established in 2016 by Founder and Clinical Director Erika Gleeson (G.C Autism, B.A Behavioural Science). Erika is a Senior Behaviour and Skill Development Specialist in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and cognitive deficit; and is widely recognised as Australia’s leading expert in Wandering and Drowning prevention for those with ASD/cognitive deficit.

Autism Swim is a multi-disciplinary organisation, combining the expertise of Autism Specialists, Behaviour Specialists, Occupational Therapists and Swimming Instructors to achieve the best possible outcomes for the individuals whom they support. Autism Swim also operates under the skilled leadership of an Advisory Board.


Autism Swim certifies swimming instructors by providing them with training, resources and support so they can facilitate better outcomes for their students with a disability. As a result, they become ‘Autism Swim Approved’.

They provide expert training, support and resources to parents of children with a disability on wandering and drowning prevention. Autism Swim also run programs such as surf education and modified nippers and manage the cost of this program for parents who are already financially challenged by their child’s situation — much of their work is pro bono.


The Sunsuper Better Business grant would allow us to reach so many more swimming instructors and parents, and in turn, the participants themselves. Whilst so many know they need our service, they are unable to afford it; so this equips swimming instructors and parents with the knowledge, skills and resources they need to tackle this social change issue; without being financially burdened in the process.

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