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Weekly Whirl - Importance of Safety

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

This week an amazing story came out of New York City that brings into focus the importance of safety for those affected by autism. Steve St. Bernard, a Brooklyn bus driver, caught 7-year-old Kayla McCree as she plunged three stories from a Coney Island apartment building. Read more here.


Another inspiring story occurred in Oak Grove, Wisconsin where Scott Meyer, a 5-year-old boy with autism, was found after disappearing near his home. The Minnesota Twins have invited him to throw out the first pitch on July 29! Three cheers for all! Read more here!


Safety is a critical part of all of our lives, whether we are at home or out in the community, alone or with loved ones. Being aware of our surroundings and taking precautions to stay safe is even more important for individuals with autism and their families. 

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