Autism Speaks Gives $5,000 Grants to Local Organizations

Autism Speaks, a leading autism advocacy organization, dedicated to  advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, is offering $5,000 grants to local service providers addressing the areas of education/training, recreation and community activities, young adult / adult services and technology. Organizations can apply for grants on the Autism Speaks website: https://www.grantinterface.com/autismspeaksfs/Common/LogOn.aspx.

This is a great opportunity for local businesses. For more information on what your organziation can do to get a grant, visit the Autism Speaks Local Grants page: https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/grants/local.

Autism Speaks

Autism Safety Training Workshop for First Responders

SafetyNet Director Scott Martin has been asked to speak at the National Autism Association’s Annual Conference this week in St Petersburg, Florida. His subject matter will be using technology to assist in searches for missing people with cognitive conditions and he will be presenting to a group of First Responders who are tasked with this responsibility.

See more information at http://nac.nationalautismassociation.org/safetyworkshop/

Scott is a 29 year law enforcement veteran and retired as a Captain from the Connecticut State Police in 2006. Scott came to SafetyNet in 2008 to take a position as the Law Enforcement Director and in January 2013, Scott was appointed as Director of SafetyNet where he is responsible for overseeing all SafetyNet operations nationwide.

Finding a Wanderer Quickly and Bringing Them Home

From Paradise Home Health Care

Danger, Risk, Fear, Anxiety, Stress, Confusion all set in when a loved one with impaired judgment wanders off. Wandering is a behavior not uncommon to Alzheimer’s disease, other Dementias or Autism. Children and Seniors with some type of cognitive disability may wander off – and not be able to return home safely.

Living in South Florida, it is a daily occurence to see a Silver Alert – seeking an older senior who has driven off. Wandering by foot is one thing, by car, panic, and the person must be located as soon as possible.

Some ideas are helpful in preventing the wandering:

1. Medication. 2. Top bolt on upper part of the door 3. Bells on door odf their room and leading outside 4. Hiring an aide or companion at night

and still, a determined person can get away, it happens in a moment— as any watchful parent can attest to. It is a good idea to let neighbors know if your loved one may wander, and put your fist name and phone number in their wallet so you can be called.

Fortunately, technology has come up with a quick and easy way to locate an elderly (or child, teen) family member who has “gotten away”. SafetyNet by Lo/Jack has Radio Frequency Technology put into a lightweight button worn around the wrist which can find a person, usually within 30 minutes.

Unlike other GPS types of technology, this is waterproof, locates in dense areas like woods or where there are many buildings together and it is used in conjunction with Law Enforcement.

So if you are living with and caring for a person with diminished capacity, brain damage or a dementia and wanders off, do your best to keep them safe and consider adding this extra layer of protection and peace of mind. Should your parent, grandparent get out of the house or away from you in a Mall, SafetyNet by Lo/Jack will be able to find them in short order.

Technology will help in other ways too in preventing the person from wandering off undetected but somehow, some folks still wander off so finding and returning them home safely before any danger can happen is equally important.

Missing 82-Year-Old Marshfield Man with Alzheimer’s Disease Found

Missing 82-Year-Old Marshfield Man with Alzheimer’s Disease Found Tangled in Patch of Thorny Plants;

First Rescue by Marshfield Police Using SafetyNet

On the morning of May 23rd, Vincent DiNatale, an 82-year-old resident of Marshfield, MA who has Alzheimer’s disease, wandered away from his home and did not return.  At first his wife thought he may have walked to the local store by their house, but when he did not return within ten minutes she worried he got disoriented and lost his way. Mrs. DiNatale immediately contacted the Marshfield Police Department and informed them that her husband is currently enrolled in the SafetyNet service.

Both the Police and Fire Departments sent out ground units to search for Mr. DiNatale, who has been on the SafetyNet service since February.  Officer Greg Davis soon picked up a signal from Mr. DiNatale’s SafetyNet bracelet and located him nearly one-half of a mile away from his home (and in the opposite direction of the store).  He had become tangled in a briar patch in a marsh area at the bank of the South River and not initially visible to searchers.  According to the Marshfield Police, if he wasn’t located so quickly, Mr. DiNatale’s life could have been endangered due to his being tangled and unable to get free from the thorny plants before the forthcoming high tide.

First time is a charm for the Marshfield Police! This was their first opportunity to use the SafetyNet equipment to rescue one of their residents.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to Marshfield Police and Fire Departments for rescuing Mr. DiNatale. We are happy to have another member of our SafetyNet family home safe and sound.

Check out some of the local stories and see the happily reunited couple:

SafetyNet Helps Marshfield Police Rescue Man With Alzheimer’s Disease By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV

SafetyNet bracelet helps cops rescue man, 82 By Jordan Graham – Boston Herald

SafetyNet device helps Marshfield police find man who wandered off By Patrick Ronan – Patriot Ledger

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving – A Time for Reflection and Thanks

There’s a chill in the air and the trees are almost bare.  Here in New England that’s a clear sign that fall is upon us and soon the Thanksgiving holiday will be here.  Where ever you are and whatever your situation is, Thanksgiving is a perfect time to give thanks!

Personally, I’m thankful for my wonderful family, my health, my spouse, my caring co-workers, my two dogs and many many other things. I urge you to think about what you are thankful for and to let those people (and pets!) know how much you appreciate them.

As a company, we here at SafetyNet sincerely appreciate our close nit community. Our customers, followers and supporters have played a massive role in our growth and we truly appreciate and want to thank all of you.

It’s a great feeling for us when we hear about success stories like this and this, which proves our efforts to bring loved ones back home with our SafetyNet service really do work and we are in fact saving lives.

As the Thanksgiving holiday comes closer, here are some links that may be helpful to you:

Thanksgiving Travel Tips:
http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2010/11/12/dont-turkey-follow-thanksgiving-travel-tips/

Thanksgiving Cooking and Safety Tips:
http://www.catalogs.com/info/kitchen/thanksgiving-cooking-tips.html

http://www.safetyathome.com/seasonal-safety/holiday-safety-articles/thanksgiving-cooking-tips-serving-up-a-side-of-safety/

 

Thanksgiving Events – Family and Black Friday:
http://www.fchornet.com/2.2211/a-beginners-guide-to-shopping-black-friday-1.2704947#.TsaEiGPfdWA

http://www.wafb.com/story/16074437/best-buys-worst-buys-on-black-friday-2011

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/guide/family-guide-to-thanksgiving-volunteering/

http://fatherhoodchannel.com/2010/10/29/thanksgiving-family-survival-guide-2010/

Thank you for reading and we look forward to a prosperous 2012 and beyond.

Stay safe!

Jason at SafetyNet

15-Year-Old Boy with Autism Wandered to Boston’s Subway System; Rescued by MBTA Transit Police Using SafetyNet System

Yesterday morning, a 15-year-old resident of East Boston – who has autism and is enrolled in the SafetyNet Service – wandered away from his school to one of his favorite spots – the subway system – and was rescued within approximately 20 minutes by MBTA Transit Police using the SafetyNet System. This is the first rescue in Boston since the service was made available in January 2011.

Details of the Rescue:
When school officials noticed the boy was missing, they immediately called 911. Boston Police Department dispatch notified its ground units, as well as the MBTA Transit Police Department. Police were alerted that the boy’s last known location was North Station and arrived with their SafetyNet tracking equipment. Approximately 20 minutes after arriving at North Station, officers with the MBTA Transit Police began picking up a signal emitting from the missing boy’s SafetyNet Bracelet. The signal was coming from Downtown Crossing and was strongest underground. Officers went underground into the subway, boarded a train and were able to locate the boy, who was heading southbound. Using techniques learned in the SafetyNet training sessions, the officers were able to effectively communicate with and approach the boy and ultimately safely remove him from the train. He was rescued unharmed and later brought back to his parent.

“We are proud of our transit police officers’ quick response to this emergency situation,” said Transit Police Deputy Chief Joseph O’Connor. “With the use of SafetyNet Search and Rescue Receivers, officers were able to reunite the lost child with his family within minutes.”

This is the first rescue of a client enrolled in the SafetyNet service in the city of Boston.

The SafetyNet service is comprised of a SafetyNet Bracelet worn by a client that emits Radio Frequency signals, which can be tracked by local public safety officials via their SafetyNet Search and Rescue Receivers.

The SafetyNet service is currently available to residents in Boston, as well as many surrounding towns and counties. In an effort to provide valuable protection to individuals at risk of wandering, SafetyNet, Inc. is currently providing 1,500 free SafetyNet devices — along with six months of service — now through September 30, 2011 October 15, 2011 to any interested caregivers living in SafetyNet’s coverage areas. For more information on SafetyNet and the giveaway, please contact (877) 4-FINDTHEM (877-434-6384) or visit www.safetynettracking.com.

10 Revolutionary iPad Apps to Help Autistic Children

Teachers and doctors are using iPads as a tool to reach out to children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome and the results are remarkably great. Autistic children are showing tremendous improvement after playing fun-filled exercises on iPad which is less stressful and more fun for both the teachers and the students. Below is the list of 10 best iPad applications to give Autism a voice…

via 10 Revolutionary iPad Apps to Help Autistic Children – GadgetsDNA.com

Mother’s Day: Autistic 12-year-old interviews his mom

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO7sKVKMO2s&feature=player_embedded#!

Here is a touching video featuring a wonderful mom and a wonderful son with Asperger’s. Do yourself a favor and watch it. And Happy (early) Mother’s Day!! (If you get to buy yourself or your mom a present, this StoryCorps book looks awesome.)

In Dave Isay’s new book, “MOM,” he collects the best pieces of mom-related stories from StoryCorps. Over six years, the organization put up booths where normal people could interview each other about anything they wanted. This one, just animated by StoryCorps, is a twelve-year-old autistic boy interviewing his mom about what it’s like to raise him.

via Mother’s Day: Autistic 12-Year-Old Interviews His Mom About What It’s Like To Raise Him (VIDEO).

SafetyNet expert to discuss the safety of children who wander in Boston

SafetyNet’s John Paul Marosy, an eldercare expert and author of several caregiving books, will speak on “New Technologies & Techniques to Assure the Safety of Children with Cognitive Impairments Who Bolt or Wander” at The Federation for Children with Special Needs conference March 13 in Boston.
Marosy, General Manager of SafetyNet, will be joined by William Knight of the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department.
The event will take place at the World Trade Center in Boston. Get more information here.