When it comes to identifying safety risks and preventing emergencies for an individual with autism, you and your family are the best advocates, and most likely the people responsible for taking the necessary steps to develop a safety plan.
A safety plan should include key participants - school personnel, daycare providers, neighbors, caretakers, and extended family; anyone involved in your network that has daily contact with the individual at risk.
It is critical to take the time to evaluate what your family member needs to be safe and protected at home, school and in his or her community. Preventative measures are critical in order to help ensure the wellbeing of individuals with autism.
Be Prepared with Emergency Information at your Fingertips!
Top Safety Risk for Individuals with Autism:
- Household toxins
Safety Plan Checklist:
- Does the individual with autism tend to wander, run away or get lost in a crowd?
- Have your home, school and community activities been evaluated for safety? Have preventative measures been put into place in each of these areas?
- Does the individual ALWAYS wear identification with a contact number listed?
- Have you let your neighbors/community know about your child with autism?
- Are safety skills included in the Individual Education Program in your school district?
- Have you contacted your local 911 call centers?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Emergency Preparedness and Response
Disability Preparedness Resource Center
Get Pandemic Ready
Kind Find: Keeping Spectrum Kids Safe
National Organization on Disability Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities
Ready America, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
I Know My Fire Safety Plan: A Children's Book
Tots in Mind: Leaders in Child Safety Products
National Autism Association Safety Tool Kit
Unlocking Autism Safety Tool Kit
Products for Identification
Personal Locating Devices