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Four-Year-Old with Autism Drowns in California after Wandering from Home

March 24, 2014

(March 24, 2014) - Autism Speaks would like to send our deepest condolences to the family of Travis Stratton, 4. In a tragic accident on Friday, Travis wandered from his home and was found in a backyard swimming pool a few houses away just a couple hours later.

Wandering-related tragedies are far too common in the autism community. As the weather starts to warm up, the rates of these incidents unfortunately increase. Autism Speaks would like to remind you of the many resources we have available for families to help prevent these horrible incidents. Click here to review the tips and information we have pulled together for families and please share with anyone you think may find them useful. In addition, this winter Autism Speaks announced the launch of a new grant program to provide scholarships for swimming and water safety lessons for individuals with autism at risk of wandering. Learn more here.

In a post last week on the Autism Speaks website picked up by various news outlets, Danny Oquendo, the brother of Avonte Oquendo whose remains were found in January months after he wandered from his school in New York City, shared his feelings about the city that rallied around him in the face of this tragedy.