Surfers Healing Fundraiser @ Paul Colliton Rooftop Studio in New York City
Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload-- simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite.
In this film we document the September 2013 Surfers Healing Fundraiser at the Paul Colliton Studio in New York City. Paul and Jackie Colliton are the parents of Billy who is their Autistic child. Their support of Surfers Healing is far and wide.
A former competitive surfer, "Izzy" hit upon an idea--with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.
This fundraiser was in the middle of their annual East Coast trip where that take hundreds of Autistic kids surfing from South Carolina to Rhode Island.