Woman with Dementia Rescued by Marathon County Sheriff’s Office After She Wandered and Went Missing; First SafetyNet Rescue in Wisconsin

Congratulations to the Marathon County (WI) Sheriff’s Office! They were the first public safety agency in Wisconsin to use SafetyNet’s state-of-the-art technology and safely rescue a missing person who had wandered and went missing.

A 71-year-old woman with dementia wandered away from her Wausau, Wisconsin residence and went missing late last week. Just 30 seconds after deputies with the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the missing woman’s residence (her point last seen), they located her using SafetyNet’s Search and Rescue Receivers. The woman was located behind a building near her residence.

A deputy with the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office was pleased with the speed and efficiency of the SafetyNet-enhanced search and rescue, as was the woman’s family!

At SafetyNet, we were all thrilled to hear about this terrific story. And, we want more caregivers to have an opportunity to try the service for themselves. Now through September 30th October 15th, 2011, we’re giving caregivers and parents the opportunity to try the SafetyNet service for free for six months. If during the first six months you or your loved one is not satisfied with the service for whatever reason, you are not obligated to pay anything. To learn more about this special opportunity, please visit https://www.safetynettracking.com/.

A young man with Down syndrome never misses his chance to be a modern-day Music Man

Craig Spychalla/Capital Newspapers photos

Craig Spychalla/Capital Newspapers photos

Ben De Young has been going to watch, and help direct, the Friesland Community Band since he could walk. The 26-year-old with Down syndrome “directs” each show behind director Rose Kramer. Ben also has a Band-Aid on his baton, because he also wants to be an EMT some day.

via LEADER OF THE BAND: A young man with Down syndrome never misses his chance to be a modern-day Music Man.

A school district that takes the isolation out of autism

The family of the autistic teen in this New York Times story moved from Tennessee  to Madison, Wis., because Madison is known for including children with autism in mainstream classrooms.

Madison, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., and Clark County, Nev, are the three districts nationally recognized for including children with disabilities in regular classes, the head of the Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative told the newspaper.

MADISON, Wis. — Garner Moss has autism and when he was finishing fifth grade, his classmates made a video about him, so the new students he would meet in the bigger middle school would know what to expect. His friend Sef Vankan summed up Garner this way: “He puts a little twist in our lives we don’t usually have without him.”

People with autism are often socially isolated, but the Madison public schools are nationally known for including children with disabilities in regular classes. Now, as a high school junior, Garner, 17, has added his little twist to many lives.

via On Education – A School District That Takes the Isolation Out of Autism – NYTimes.com.