WESTWOOD, Mass.– In recognition that April is National Autism Awareness Month and to address a top concern among parents about wandering or “bolting,” SafetyNet today launched SafetyNetSource, its new information and resource center. SafetyNetSource offers a variety of valuable resources for caregivers of those with autism or Alzheimer’s, compelling content from across the web, access to the SafetyNetSource Twitter feed and YouTube channel, as well as a Facebook page to help caregivers communicate with one another and engage in a community of support.
The effort is part of SafetyNet’s initiative to educate people on issues related to autism and Alzheimer’s disease. To help protect people with these conditions, SafetyNet offers a service that enables police and other public safety agencies to search for and rescue people at risk of wandering. “A key part of our mission at SafetyNet is to provide valuable solutions and resources that offer peace of mind for caregivers of people with autism and Alzheimer’s,” said John Paul Marosy, General Manager, SafetyNet. “That’s why we developed SafetyNetSource — to create a destination with new tools and information that help parents protect those they love from the dangers of wandering and enables caregivers to connect with one another.”
“My seven-year-old son wandered off once and I’ve never felt such desperation; it was terrifying,” said Madeline Gonzalez, mother of a child with autism. “But now that he’s protected with SafetyNet, I’m at peace knowing that if he goes missing, he can be found. We can go more places; do more things. SafetyNet doesn’t replace my responsibility as a parent, but it gives me comfort knowing he can be rescued. And now SafeyNetSource is providing us with resources that are both helpful and engaging. It’s a great help for my whole family.”