Help keep a child with an autism spectrum disorder safe!
Children on the spectrum engage in many behaviors that can be incredibly stressful to their families, but among the most stressful is wandering, "eloping", or bolting — that is, leaving a safe space without the knowledge of caregivers.
This behavior can be dangerous — children are unprepared for weather and traffic, and drowning is also a great fear. Many children who exhibit this behavior often cannot communicate their name, address, or phone number--by any means — to someone trying to help.
Fear that their child could leave home during the night can disrupt sleep for families, and this same concern during the day can keep families socially isolated from activities they could otherwise enjoy with their children.
Prevention is key to keeping a child on the spectrum safe from wandering. The "Big Red Safety Box" contains home alarms for doors, shoe IDs for children to wear (both now better quality to be longer-lasting), visual aid stop signs for the child to understand not to open doors, silicone wristbands, as well as many written materials and forms to share information about the wanderer with family, friends, and law enforcement.
You can help. $35 provides one Big Red Safety Box to a family to help keep children who show this behavior safe.
Make your donation of $5 or more an ongoing gift by checking the "Make this a Monthly Gift" box and you will help protect children with Autism from wandering, each and every month.
Update from the Field
We are incredibly grateful because YOUR donations provided 14 Big Red Safety Boxes to 14 families in need. 9-year-old Aubrey is one of these precious children (pictured to the right). Her parents told us this story about her increased awareness of her surroundings thanks to the Big Red Safety Box.
"My daughter was deterred from going out the doors due to the loud alarms. At first when she would open the door the loud alarms alerted me that she was running and after a few attempts she stopped opening them without an adult. She still obeys the stop signs above the door handles and we have written "did you ask?" on them, she asks everyone now. The bracelet and id tags (which she wears every day) also helped school staff be aware of her disabilities and help keep her safe at school."
Thanks to donors like you 2 Big Red Safety Boxes were distributed to keep children with autism safe. Thanks to YOUR generous donations three-year-old Trenton wears is his ID tag that he received in his Big Red Safety Box on his shoe everywhere he goes (pictured below).
Thanks to donors like you 18 Big Red Safety Boxes were distributed to keep children with autism safe. Here is a quote from one of the receipients: "THANK YOU for the Big Red Safety Box! My daughter (pictured below) received hers today! We are very grateful for your generosity and the priceless information you provided." — Mom of safety box recipient.
"I really believe the door chimes in the Big Red Safety Box saved my son's life when he bolted from the house and onto a busy street a few years ago. Because of that door chime I was alerted and able to get to him just in time." (Kelly R.)
"[My son] is six and likes to be outside. We live close to interstate 83, which really scares me. He has been taught what to say, but when it has happened no one understands him. We could really put this Big Red Safety Box to good use. Thanks for considering us." (Lutherville, MD)
"My son has a history of elopement going back to the age of 3. The safety box sounds like a comprehensive plan with tools that would be extremely helpful in keeping our son safe. This is a great idea!" (Jacksonville, FL)
"Our daughter is primarily non-verbal and requires a speaking device. She cannot clearly or accurately report her full name, telephone number, or address. Our daughter has wandered out of the yard before, once found by neighbors at the end of the block before we knew it — very scary. We would like to use any means possible to help us monitor her while allowing her a degree of private time. This big red safety box sounds like a great system to start with." (Wauwatosa, WI)
"I have three children with autism, but this kit is for my daughter who is non-verbal and severely Autistic. She has managed to wander from our home several times already — fortunately the police were able to assist us in finding her. This kit will help us make our home more secure, and will help us make an emergency plan so everyone who watches our children will know what to do if/when she wanders again." (Gresham, OR)
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