Join AMKS in Supporting & Raising Autism Safety Awareness
April 3, 2018
Hello Friends and Supporters of Autism Moms Know Safety!
It's Autism Awareness Month!
Last October, Autism Moms Knows Safety created the AMKS Safety Kit, a free-of-charge toolkit for families and caregivers with ASD dependents. These toolkits are getting a ton of great responses and even greater requests, which have more than quadrupled since our launch.
AMKS is committed to those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who have wandering tendencies and may wander or elope from a safe environment. These individuals may be non-verbal or unable to recognize danger. These free kits are given to autism families and caregivers to help spark the safety conversations in their home. It’s a means to educate, raise awareness and share simple tools for Autism safety that can help prevent wandering and/or assist others if your child is missing to help get them home safely. In addition to resources developed by AMKS, five other partners have joined us in making this kit possible.
What Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Families are saying about the AMKS Safety Kits:
“Your safety kits are nothing short of amazing! Thank you for all you do!”
“This had so many things I’d never seen before!” “Ready to use tools!” “It provides all the things one might not think of like ID Bracelets, car safety and [tools] to teach my child safety/public signs!”
“I loved the car decals that displayed non-verbal etc. I love the bracelet for outs to big places. I’m just so grateful for all your ASD support. Thank you so much.”
When I started putting these safety kits together last Fall, I knew it would be an out of pocket expense, with the packing help of friends and family. This February, Centria Autism Services of Michigan provided AMKS with their first ever grant of $1000, providing me with the ability to print and deliver 250 safety kits. The response has been incredible as more organizations and blogs have begun sharing this free resource. Over the course of three days, requests ballooned to over 500 and the need for educational and safety resources was clear. With requests nearing 700, and estimated to top 1000 by the end of April, AMKS wants to continue to provide these essential tools.
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What organizations are saying about the AMKS Safety Kits:
“Centria feels that by having these items in the hands of the families we serve, other families in the communities around us and families throughout the nation will only better equip and prepare them to keep their children safe.”
Centria Austism Services, leading national provider of ABA therapy
“Wandering is the greatest risk for people with Autism. Autism Moms Know Safety takes this issue head on! They have reached out to all the main wandering safety companies and put together an amazing safety kit of wearable iDs and special needs registries to offer special needs families.”
If I Need Help, 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization working to reunite those who are lost, disoriented or can’t self-advocate with their loved ones and caregivers with personal wearable QR codes, online registries and more.
If you’d like to add some resources to our safety and resource kit please reach out to us!