WHITTIER, Calif. — It has been 13 years since the Askate Foundation began bringing the love of skateboarding to those with autism or other neurodiversities.

In the U.S., one in 44 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and many of them have a hard time being out in social settings. That is why the foundation hosts clinics that create a welcoming environment for the participants to try something new surrounded by people who support them.

On Saturday, the foundation will host a clinic in partnership with the city of Whittier at the Uptown Whittier Skatepark.The city is also hosting a resource fair, bringing in more than 20 organizations that provide educational behavioral program services, hoping the events becomes a one-stop shop for families to learn about support available while building a community focused on rallying around people with disabilities of all ages. 

The skateboarding clinic has now filled up for Saturday, but the foundation is looking to host other events in the Southern California area. You find more information here.