Autism & Wandering

Almost half of all children with autism wander from safe settings, often with tragic consequences. More than one-third of children with autism who wander are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number. Law enforcement and families facing autism need proper training to prevent and respond to this complex issue, since safe minds need safe bodies.

SafeMinds Blog – Make the Call Today—Ask Your Elected Officials to Attend Autism & Wandering Briefing on Capitol Hill on May 19

Additional Information:

Autism Safety Coalition

Autism and Wandering for July 9 IACC Meeting (Wendy Fournier)

Text of Avonte’s Law

Avonte’s Law Summary

Lethal Outcomes In Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Wandering/Elopement (Lori McIlwain, Wendy Fournier – National Autism Association, January 20, 2012)

NAA Talking Points Autism & Wandering:  The Need for Federal Aid

NAA Briefing Autism & Wandering

Safety resources for both families and first responders:

Awaare.org

autismspeaks.org/wandering-resources

missingkids.com/awaare