Safety is an ongoing concern for children and adults with Autism. Most people with autism have a difficult time communicating, understanding and identifying dangerous situations. Common behaviors like wandering from his or her home or other settings also increases their risk of encountering dangerous situations. (Note: Elopement is another term used to describe autism wandering.) Safety also includes situations where a child explores dangerous places at home like gas stove knobs, unbuckling seat belts, or encountering a neighbor’s swimming pool. Communities are trying to build resources to help families and community members, like first responders, to connect and share important information that may help save a life. In addition, GPS tracking and locating devices are now available for parents to prevent losing their children.
National Autism Association
Description: This site provides safety information on wandering, restraint/seclusion, and bullying. It also provides information and safety forms that can be download.
Description: This site is dedicated to helping and providing information specifically about Autism safety. It gives background to the dangers of wondering and information and tools for First Responders, doctors, school administrators.
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Forum/Blog Name: Think Safety
Description: This forum covers the topics of childhood, adolescent as well as adulthood safety of individuals with autism.
Forum/Blog Name: NAA Autism & Safety: Bullying Prevention
Description: Mission to raise awareness concerning autism and bullying.
The Wallet Card Project
Description: The wallet card allows police officers to better communicate with people with ASD. It’s a free personalized identification card for teenagers and adults who have ASD and is designed to help them communicate with officers or first responders about their disability and some of the challenges they face.
Study Confirms: Autism Wandering Common & Scary
Description: An article detailing a study concerning autism wandering affecting nearly 50 percent of autism families.