The National Autism Association (NAA) is a parent-run organization committed to providing resources and support for families and children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The NAA uses Jasco’s GE Branded Wireless Security Alarms for their Big Red Safety Box program. This program is a free-of-charge toolkit sent directly to families as a means to educate, raise awareness, prevent and respond to wandering-related incidents, which remains among the top causes of death within the autism community.
A 2-pack of the GE Branded Wireless Window/Door Alarm Kit is included in every Big Red Safety Box to help parents and caregivers protect children by alerting them if a child attempts to leave their house. Wendy Fournier, NAA President, said they chose the GE branded security alarm kits because of their reliability, ease-of-use and installation, and flexibility to be used on windows or doors at home, in classrooms or anywhere wandering-related safety issues might be a risk. Other supplies in the Big Red Safety Box include educational materials like emergency plans and checklists, personalized ID tags, visual adhesive signs for doors and windows and safety alert wristbands.
“Children with autism typically wander away from safe settings to get to something of interest or to get away from something like loud noises or bright lights,” says NAA President Wendy Fournier. “We were hearing more and more devastating stories of tragic accidents that resulted from children wandering from their homes, schools, or outside activities.”
In 2011, a study conducted by the Interactive Autism Network found that nearly 50 percent of children with autism attempt to wander from safe environments, creating extraordinary worry and stress among caregivers. Fournier and NAA Co-Founder, Lori McIlwain, created this program to equip caregivers with the necessary tools and resources to help them take the proper precautions to keep their children safe. Since 2012, The NAA has helped over 15,500 families. Six thousand boxes were distributed to families across the U.S. in 2014 and that number is expected to increase this year. The need for these resources is clearly evident by the enormous amount of applications received for each round of safety kits. These wireless alarms, visual aids, and other small solutions are making an unmistakable impact on these families’ lives by helping them protect their loved ones.
The new year is off to a great start with over two thousand GE branded wireless alarms currently on their way to NAA to begin the assembly process for this next round of safety boxes. Jasco and the NAA plan to work together for future projects.
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About the National Autism Association
Founded in 2003, NAA is a parent-run advocacy organization and the leading voice on urgent issues related to autism safety, autism abuse, crisis prevention, and autism-related wandering prevention and response. Over the last seven years, NAA has provided $100,000 to law enforcement for tracking devices, distributed over 15,000 wandering-prevention safety boxes to autism families, and created AWAARE.org.
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