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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has recently published an important document for First Responders and Search & Rescue personnel in cases involving an individual with autism.

Today, we are asking you to be a part of a grassroots effort to distribute this information to first responders across the country.

  • Please print the NCMEC document and deliver copies to your local sheriff, police and fire departments.
  •  If you have a child at risk of wandering, also provide your local law enforcement personnel with a completed copy of NAA’s First Responder Alert Form including vital information on your child should he or she go missing.

At the Crimes Against Children Conference last month in Dallas, NAA Executive Director, Lori McIlwain joined Robert Lowery and Wayne Sheppard of NCMEC in a presentation entitled Law Enforcement’s Response to Missing Children with Special Needs/Autism.  Lori provided information on autism-related wandering and showed the compelling video below to conference attendees.  Please share this page far and wide.  Together, we can save lives.

For additional information and resources on wandering prevention and response, visit our websites at and