Safety is a basic need of all individuals. Unfortunately, individuals with autism often have characteristics that can lead to serious safety concerns. For example, increased impulsivity and limited language skills can lead to individuals with autism wandering from their caregiver to access a preferred item. A lack of fear and limited awareness of their surroundings may result in traffic accidents. Fortunately, there are many resources for parents to help teach their child safety awareness and to make changes to their home and community to keep them safe at all times. ACES has selected just a few resources that our parents and staff have found helpful.
Autism Speaks National Safety Resource Center
Autism Speaks has compiled a comprehensive directory of safety products, websites and instructional toolkits.
The following are three resources included in the Autism Speaks National Safety Resource Center that parents may want to consider first:
AWAARE is the Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response Education website. AWAARE offers the Big Red Safety Box which provides parents with essential safety and prevention tools.
For more information, visit www.awaare.org.
My Precious Kid is a comprehensive safety product website offering solutions for identification, tracking, and safety-proofing the home and car. These products are available through other suppliers as well.
For more information, visit www.mypreciouskid.com.
Stranger Safety Training Video
Angela Shelton (Actor), John Walsh (Actor), Douglas Aarniokoski (Director) | Rated: G | Format: DVD