Autism Safety & Awareness Resources
Thanks to the efforts of the National Autism Association and LoJack there are important safety resources available for families raising children with special health care needs. See the resources below.
Big Red Safety Box
The National Autism Association is committed to those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who may be prone to wandering off or eloping from a safe environment, and may be unable to recognize danger and/or stay safe. Wandering, elopement, “running” or fleeing behaviors among those within our community not only present unique safety risks, but also create extraordinary worry and stress among caregivers. Drowning fatalities following wandering incidents remain a leading cause of death among those with ASD.
As such, the National Autism Association is pleased to provide the Big Red Safety Box for caregivers as a means to educate, raise awareness and share simple tools that may assist in preventing, and responding to, wandering-related incidents in the ASD community.
The next round of Big Red Safety Boxes will begin to be distributed on February 14. Learn more.
SafetyNet™ by LoJack®
LoJack® Corporation invented the stolen vehicle recovery market more than 25 years ago and has since become the global leader in finding and recovering a wide range of mobile assets including cars, construction equipment and motorcycles-having recovered more than 300,000 stolen assets worldwide.
In 2008, LoJack® introduced SafetyNet™ by LoJack®, a service designed to help public safety agencies bring loved ones who wander - home safely. The service utilizes proven Radio Frequency technology and works directly with law enforcement and other public safety agencies to help rescue individuals with autism, Alzheimer's, dementia and other similar cognitive conditions who have wandered and become lost. The SafetyNet™ service is currently available in 18 states located across the country and it has assisted public safety with many successful rescues since its inception.
The Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration is a working group of six national non-profit autism organizations whose mission is to prevent autism-related wandering incidents and deaths.
A variety of resources are available from tracking devices to door chimes to service dogs. Close adult supervision, along with a combination of security and safety measures and tools can work to prevent a wandering emergency.
For information on saftey measures and tools that can work to prevent a wandering emergency, visit AWAARE's Resources page.
An important time for a person with AS to disclose the fact that they have AS is when interacting with a "first responder," i.e. a police officer, fire fighter, or emergency medical technician. This kind of disclosure may be especially hard, because the situation may be an emergency, or one in which you feel threatened or unsafe. If you are an adult or teen with AS, we suggest that you carry a copy of the card below in your wallet at all times, to use in such difficult situations. Be sure to write on the back of the card the names and telephone numbers of two people who know you, and who explicitly agree to serve as emergency contacts for you if you ever find yourself in a difficult situation with a police officer or other first responder.