Rowing, paddling slated for people with autism

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Teenagers and adults with autism spectrum disorder and members of their families can learn to row and paddle at an open house Sunday at the Millvale facility of the Three Rivers Rowing Association.

Autism is a developmental disability that causes problems with social interaction. Symptoms usually start before age 3. Rowing and paddling are good sports for people with autism, because the repetitive motion involved helps them learn.

Those who attend the open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday will paddle a dragon boat on the river, and row and paddle in indoor rowing tanks and on rowing machines.

TRRA has had an adaptive rowing program for athletes with disabilities since 1987. It starts up again this month. Athletes with disabilities aged 12 or older will have three rowing and one paddling opportunity each week throughout the summer. The fee is minimal, thanks to a grant from the Milton G. Hulme Charitable Foundation.

For more information, contact: Joy Nix at 412-231-8772 or


First Published June 2, 2012 12:00 AM


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