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February 06, 2018

Make a Difference: Kevin and Avonte’s Law

SafeMinds has been ardently advocating for Kevin and Avonte’s Law for two years now. This bill provides much-needed training for law enforcement and other community groups, including schools, on preventing and addressing wandering in people with developmental disabilities. It also provides funding for the voluntary use of non-permanent, non-invasive tracking devices for children with developmental […]

July 14, 2017

Autism & Wandering: A Heartbreaking Start to July

Wandering deaths in the autism community have significantly increased in recent years, but the last ten days alone have been especially heartbreaking. It began last Monday when, according to media reports, a four-year-old girl with autism slipped away from her home in Florida, climbed a fence, and entered a neighbor’s pool. Her body was found that evening.

June 19, 2017

SafeMinds Welcomes New Board Member, Dr. Michael Cummings, M.D.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Michael Cummings, M.D. to the SafeMinds board of directors! Dr. Cummings has over 15 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults for all major psychiatric conditions and developmental challenges in a wide array of community and institutional settings. He currently serves as vice chair of community affairs and […]

April 19, 2017

April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S. Lisa Wiederlight, is the executive director of SafeMinds. She joined ABC2’s In Focus to discuss “Resolving the Autism Epidemic.”

March 27, 2017

An Interview with James Williams – Autistic Advocate

An Interview with James Williams, Autistic Advocate, SafeMinds Communications Committee Member Last year, SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight, had the privilege of interviewing James Williams, a 27 year-old man with autism. James is a bright, highly-intelligent advocate for and representative of the autism community. The text of the interview follows. Please tell us about yourself, […]

December 28, 2016

Help Us End This Ducking Epidemic!

Annual Appeal Message from Heidi Roger, SafeMinds Vice-President & Treasurer It has been the SafeMinds mission for most of 2016. Our duck mascot reminds us of the autism epidemic and the heartbreaking failure of our system of government to stop it. The Federal government and mainstream media, both tasked with investigating and promoting the truth […]

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