NAA to Host Capitol Hill Briefing on Autism & Wandering

Scott Martin, Director, SafetyNet will be speaking at a Capitol Hill briefing on Autism & Wandering on Tuesday, May 19th, in Washington, DC.
Sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the briefing will address the dangers of wandering and the need for federal resources that could come from passing Avonte’s Law.

Event speakers will include:
Scott Badesch, president/chief executive officer, The Autism Society
Robert Lowery, Jr., vice president, Missing Children Division, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Scott Martin, director, SafetyNet; State Police Captain (Retired), Connecticut State Police
Lori McIlwain, co-founder and board chairperson, National Autism Association
Special video remarks by Danny Oquendo, brother of Avonte Oquendo

EVENT DETAILS:
Capitol Hill Briefing on Autism & Wandering:
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Russell Senate Building, Room 485
RSVP by 05/15/15 to [email protected]

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.