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A collection of stories, experiences and uplifting tales regarding the world of disabilities and the individuals who have them.

“Swim Team” To Feature Teen with Autism With the Prospect of Being in the 2020 Olympics

Nava Silton

A new documentary, “Swim Team,” showcases Mike McQuary Jr., a young boy with autism aiming to join Team USA at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The documentary follows college freshman McQuary and his teammates on the Jersey Hammerheads swim team, a team founded to support neurodiverse individuals. In the documentary McQuary’s father shares that his son has more than surpassed doctors expectations. When Mike was diagnosed with autism at the age of 5 doctors believed he would not be able to talk or write his name, let alone swim. Swimming ended up being the door to a whole new world for Mike. Not only was he gifted in the sport, but also additionally through his involvement on various swim teams he has been able to gain invaluable social skills and form meaningful friendships. Mike can hold his own among neurodiverse and neurotypical individuals. In 2014 Mike competed in the Special Olympics USA Games and won two gold medals. He also competes on an elite swim team, Scarlet Aquatics. Mike’s mom hopes that this documentary will inspire other kids with special needs and their parents. Read more about this swimming superstar here