Safety in the Community.
We all venture out into the community every day, whether it’s for school or work, to play in the park, go shopping, or just out visiting friends and family.
These are normal activities for parents with typically developing children and are activities that those parents wouldn’t think twice about doing. But for a parent with an autistic child, any one of these activities can be difficult and stressful.
For a child on the spectrum, these activities take some planning and, sometimes, precaution. Safety throughout the community is challenging with a child on the spectrum, because you are no longer in the comfort and security of your own home.
As a parent, there are ways you can keep your child safe, prevent an accident, and still enjoy your outing. Here are some resources for you that I hope will help.
"Big Red Safety Box is a free-of-charge toolkit given to autism families in need as a means to educate, raise awareness and share simple tools that may assist them in preventing, and responding to, wandering-related emergencies."
NAA’s Big Red Safety Box includes the following resources:
1) Our Be REDy Booklet containing the following educational materials and tools:
A caregiver checklist
A Family Wandering Emergency Plan
A first-responder profile form
A wandering-prevention brochure
A sample IEP Letter
A Student Profile Form
Emotion Identification Cards
Wandering Quick Tips
2) Two (2) GE Wireless Door/Window Alarms with batteries
3) One (1) RoadID Personalized, Engraved Shoe ID Tag*
4) Five (5) Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows
5) Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows
6) One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband
7) One (1) Child ID Kit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
"CHILD SAFETY, CLOTH DIAPER & BABY GEAR ONLINE STORE - My Precious Kid Child Safety Products and Baby Gear protect your children and give you peace of mind. My Precious Kid products protect for your baby, children, adults, pets, the elderly, and children with special needs."
"The mission of Autism Alliance of Michigan is to lead collaborative efforts across the state that will improve the quality of life for individuals with autism through education, comprehensive services, community awareness, inclusion efforts, and coordinated advocacy."
"The leading and most experienced organization on Autism-Related Wandering prevention & Response."
I Need Help works towards reuniting those who are lost, or non verbal with their loved ones. They use QR Code Technology to provide important medical infomation that can be accessed by computer or cell phone in case of an emergency