Connections is specifically designed for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or related learning differences. Offering a complete school program, we help our students succeed in a positive and unique educational environment that understands and supports their neurological, physical, social and emotional needs. Our program uses cutting-edge, evidence-based practices that have proven successful in helping these children reach their fullest potential, transforming their lives through education. Our students experience a safe, supportive learning environment where they feel physically and emotionally secure. Working together with our families, our students are engaged and motivated to learn and grow.

We are in the process of transforming our new school into a special place for the children and families we serve. In order to help further our mission, we are hosting a fundraising event to support our school expansion plan to a new school facility where children will nurture and develop skills to move into adulthood. Connections is the only Title 1 School for autism in our county, with 71% of our students receiving free or reduced lunch. The generosity of all our friends, families, and supporters is what makes Connections one of the premier autism educational facility in our region, and we invite you to become a part of this event and our success.

Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is a 24-hour online giving event led by United Way of Palm Beach County, Achieve, Nonprofits First, and United Way of Martin County designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. This exciting community-wide event celebrates the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our local nonprofits and better serve residents in need - from children and seniors to the environment and animals! 

Why is it GREAT for our community?
• Inspires as many people as possible to give.
• Enriches our community's spirit of giving.
• Promotes and supports our local nonprofits.
• Raises millions of dollars for community good.
• Better serves our residents in need.


We are trying to raise money for our swim program during The Great Give!
Castleberry Financial Services is matching the first $1000 of donations we receive

According to the National Autism Association, from 2009 to 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% of the total U.S. deaths reported in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 14 and younger subsequent to wandering/elopement.

The importance of water safety and aquatic awareness is especially vital to children with ASD. Often students with Autism and other Developmental Disorders demonstrate a lack of awareness and high instances of distractibility and wandering behavior. These characteristics pose serious danger in an aquatic environment. The aquatic program at Connections Education Center provides an introduction to the pool, reinforces previously learned aquatic skills, and teaches students the appropriate and safe way to swim and play in and near water. 

In order to raise awareness on the importance of aquatic safety in the Autism community, Connections is hosting the Draw the Line on Drowning event. The students will spend an allotted time in the pool and pass a beach ball back and forth over the line. Each time the ball crosses over the line will trigger a donation, as completing a lap or a mile might do in a walk-a-thon.  

Connections’ PE/Aquatics Program costs $85,000 per year – a small sum to protect and potentially save the lives of our students but a sizable sum to raise. 

You can help us Draw the Line on Drowning by donating $1, $5, $10 for each time the ball crosses the line, or simply donate a flat amount. Donate through the Great Give website on April 24 and your donation will also trigger a matching donation to further increase your gift’s impact.
Won’t you consider helping our students and their families learn more about aquatic safety and to Draw the Line on Drowning?

We thank you in advance for your support. Your donation is appreciated and will be used to continue to fund our growing aquatic program at Connections Education Center.

Draw the Line on DROWNING

WHEN: April 24. 201810:00-1:00pm

WHERE: Lake Lytal Pool

WHY: To raise awareness of aquatic safety and enhance swimming skills of individuals with Autism  

Each class will pass a beach ball over the designated line in a ten- to fifteen-minute time slot. Each time the ball crosses over the net will trigger a donation of money. The purpose is to provide funding for Connections to teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorders swimming and survival skills in an aquatic environment.  
HOW: Parents, family members, friends, businesses – anyone – pledge to make a donation for each time the students toss the beach ball over the net. The donation is made online on April 24 through the Great Give website which will also trigger a matching gift to further increase the amount raised.