By Cindy Casanova, CPRPIn an effort to provide innovative recre-ation programming for children withdisabilities, the Miami Beach Parks andRecreation Department conducted a week-long special spring break surf camp earlierthis year. The camp, which allowed young-sters with autism to learn how to surf, wasdeveloped through a unique partnershipbetween the city of Miami Beach and theUniversity of Miami-Nova SoutheasternUniversity Center for Autism and RelatedDisabilities.Eleven campers, ages 11-15, studied basicoceanography and meteorology, discov-ered the fundamentals of open-water surf-ing at South Pointe Park, and learnedsnorkeling skills. Assisted by lifeguardsand supplemental staff, campers rodetheir first waves under the watchful eyesof the city's Ocean Rescue Division.The most rewarding experience? Handsdown, it was the smiles and laughter com-ing from the children as they stood up onthe boards with the swell of the wavesbehind them. The campers' parents were
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