POV: Swim Team

POV: Swim Team

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 10:00pm

Credit: PBS

Follow three young teens on the autism spectrum as they compete on a swim team.

When doctors told Michael and Maria McQuay that their son with autism would never be self-sufficient, the pair responded by seeking out a series of therapies and programs for him. After discovering there was a dearth of suitable public services, they formed their own swim team for children with developmental disabilities. “So many people don’t give our kids a chance to do anything,” says Maria.

Lara Stolman’s inspiring debut documentary, Swim Team, airing Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, follows three diverse young men—Michael McQuay Jr., Robert Justino and Kelvin Truong—from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, who fall on the autism spectrum. New Jersey reports the highest rate of autism in the country, with one in 26 boys on the spectrum. On the McQuays’ team, the Jersey Hammerheads, these young men find inclusion, independence and space to achieve their loftiest goals.

This film is presented as part of MOVE TO INCLUDE, a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives of people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Its mission is to ultimately build a community that celebrates abilities.

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