Wandering

NAA has developed two new digital Big Red Safety Toolkits that can be downloaded here:

Caregiver Toolkit | First Responder Toolkit

Take Action in Your Home & Community:

  • Download and begin using your Big Red Safety Toolkit today.
  • Provide a copy of the First Responder Toolkit to your local police, fire and/or sheriff’s department. Ask them to implement Reverse 911 in your county and read the included Directive from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
  • Remember: Search Water First!

The AWAARE Collaboration, website and materials were developed by the National Autism Association to prevent wandering incidents and deaths in the autism community.  Please visit the AWAARE website for extensive resources and vital information to keep your loved ones safe.  For additional information, visit our Autism Safety site.

Drowning is the leading cause of death resulting from a wandering incident.  Please click here for a list of YMCA locations that offer special needs swimming lessons, and be sure that your child’s last lesson is with clothes and shoes on.

Download our Caregiver Checklist to help implement wandering prevention strategies in your home.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has recently published an important document for first responders and search and rescue personnel for cases involving an individual with special needs.  Please visit this link, print and share this document with your local police, sheriff and fire departments.

Click here to view NAA’s white paper: Lethal Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorders – Wandering/Elopement.

Our AWAARE Collaboration partners include AutismOne, Autism Speaks, Talk About Curing Autism, The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation and The HollyRod Foundation.