June 23, 2022
Contact: Susan Simolunas

NAELA President’s Recognition Award Honors Surfing For Autism

Washington, DC —  The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is proud to announce NAELA President Letha Sgritta McDowell, CELA, CAP, has selected Surfing For Autism to receive the 2022 President’s Recognition Award.

Each year, the current NAELA president selects an outstanding individual or organization to receive the President’s Recognition Award. As  part of the award, the recipient receives a donation from NAELA to help further its exceptional work.

Surfing For Autism is an Autism Spectrum Disorder awareness event, held each Summer in North Carolina's Outer Banks, that provides participants with a unique surfing experience. Each participant is partnered with two surfers and a skilled therapist or teacher who are well educated in working with the special needs of people with autism. Together, this special team paddles, surfs, and has fun in the sun.

"As an attorney who works daily with people with special needs, I see how hard the parents I advise work to support their children and foster meaningful experiences," said NAELA President McDowell, "this event brings so much joy to everyone."

To volunteer for this year's event on July 23, 2022, or to learn more, go to the Surfing For Autism website

Watch the President’s Award acceptance video.

Established in 1987, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is the only national association of attorneys that conditions membership on a commitment to the Aspirational Standards for the Practice of Elder and Special Needs Law. Understanding that older adults and people with disabilities need holistic, person-centered legal services, NAELA’s nearly 4,000 members represent the diversity of practice. With a network including lawyers, judges, legal professors, law students, and others, we work to advance the dignity and independence of older adults, people with disabilities, and their families. Learn more at www.NAELA.org

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