Is your child a wanderer? If you have an autistic child, you know what this means. If you don’t, it means that your child “escapes” or “elopes” a lot. This is a big deal for parents with an ASD child. My child is a wanderer, and we’ve had a lot of scary moments because of it.
Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced that it has awarded $30,000 in funding to the National Autism Association (NAA) to provide 1,000 Big Red Safety Boxes to families of individuals with autism.
The Big Red Safety Box is a valuable tool for caregivers as a means to educate, raise awareness and share simple tools that can assist in preventing, and responding to, wandering-related incidents in the autism community. The Big Red Safety Box contains educational materials, such as a caregiver checklist, a Family Wandering Emergency Plan, a sample IEP letter that can be used to implement prevention and response protocols in school, along with safety products, including two GE Door Alarms, one Who’s Shoe ID, and five laminated adhesive stop sign visual prompts for doors and windows. Big Red Safety Boxes are provided free-of-charge to families with a loved one at risk of wandering. While supplies last, they can be requested at this link:http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/bigredsafetybox.htm.
Supplies are limited.