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It’s Like Riding an Autistic Bike

Most kids learn to ride a bike, right? I did it at age, oh, maybe four. I was a quick learner and the youngest and my brothers easily “challenged” me to learn to ride for myself. Because I’m also athletic, it wasn’t a hard challenge for me. For our kids on the autism spectrum, transitioning from a bike with training wheels to one without training wheels may not be easy.

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Two-Time Olympian Balances Training and Twins

Julie Swail (Ertel) seems to do things in pairs: competes in two Olympic Games, excels in two different sports, and then gives birth to twins. Only a true athlete could tackle all that, and Julie does it like a champ. She was the captain of the 2000 USA Womens Olympic Water Polo team and took home the Silver medal in Sydney. Eight years later, she was once again competing in the Summer Olympics, but this time in Bejing and in the sport of triathlon.