Safety Products and Services
Below is a sampling of the large range products and services our community often inquires about relating to safety, from seat belt harnesses, to wearable identification items, and smart technology. This list is not intended to be all inclusive and we do not endorse any individual product.
Products can be an option to consider as a part of a multifaceted safety plan, specific to a person with autism's unique needs.
Remember, a person with autism's safety needs can change as they get older or when there is a sudden change in routine, so the safety plan should be updated on a regular basis.
Alert Me Bands
Alert Me Bands are the simple solution that not only communicates who to call in an emergency but also communicates and creates awareness for medical/special needs and allergy indications. The bands are adjustable and are the only solution available to date that are impossible for children to remove on their own! Because our ASD kiddos are even more at risk for wandering they especially need to be wearing these at all times! We tag our pets and our luggage with our contact information, shouldn't we be doing the same for our children?
AMBER Alert GPS
AMBER Alert GPS keeps families connected by enabling instant one-touch contact between kids and caregivers. A child can quickly, at the touch of ONE-button, speak with & receive calls from a caregiver, trigger a precise GPS location, and issue an email SOS alert to pre-selected persons of trust. Built-in safety features can be customized to trigger an alert including safe zones, low battery, breadcrumb tracking, speed limit and proximity to homes of registered sex offenders - all of which are accessible via a secure online dashboard, mobile app or email.
AMKS Safety & Resource Kit
Autism Moms Know Safety is committed to those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who have wandering tendencies and may wander or elope from a safe environment. The AMKS Safety Kit is a free-of-charge toolkit given to autism families to educate, raise awareness and share simple tools for Autism safety that can help prevent wandering and/or assist others if your child is missing to help get them home safely.
Keep your passengers safe and their seatbelts on! The safety seatbelt release cover which acts as a safety barrier that deters children from unbuckling their seatbelts.
Angelsense provides a GPS and voice monitoring solution to keep children with special needs safe and well cared-for. The solution includes a wearable GPS device - designed to address sensory issues and a friendly app based on smart analytics. Parents use this product to oversee their children daily routine in real time, listen in to make sure they are treated well, get alerts for location changes, locate lost child with live updates, and view pictures of visited locations. The AngelSense customer care team members are all parents to children with special needs who are active users of the product.
Autism ID Card
The Autism ID Card helps people on the autism spectrum explain their medical condition to police, EMTs, and other first responders in the event of an emergency. Created by SEO Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender.
Big Red Safety Box
From the National Autism Association.The Big Red Safety Box is a free-of-charge toolkit given to autism families in need as a means to educate, raise awareness and provide simple tools that may assist them in preventing, and responding to, wandering-related emergencies. http://nationalautismassociation.org/big-red-safety-box/
AWAARE: Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education Collaboration
The AWAARE Collaboration will work to prevent wandering incidents and wandering-related deaths within the autism community through the use of collective organizational resources, and by establishing and monitoring objectives, guidelines, policies, and tools that will promote awareness, education, prevention and safety.
BE SAFE The Movie (BSTM)
BE SAFE The Movie uses video modeling to show teens and adults with ASD how to interact safely with the police. Actors on the spectrum and real police and teach viewers what to do in different police encounters, ranging from a casual meeting to an arrest. See the movie trailer here.
BE SAFE Teaching Edition (BSTE)
BSTE is an evidence-based teaching tool that includes BE SAFE The Movie plus a 300-page companion curriculum. Teachers and parents can use the curriculum to help diverse learners master the essential safety skills shown in Be Safe The Movie. Learn how to host interactive safety trainings with the police in your community using the BE SAFE materials here.
The Original Law Enforcement Rescue Program that electronically tracks people with Alzheimer's who wander and special needs kids. Sheriffs, Police, Fire Departments, SAR Teams, etc. use Care Trak to quickly locate at risk individuals.
Child Safety without Sacrificing Comfort and Décor
The HearthSoft™, a custom-designed hearth cover, provides the ultimate in child safety around the fireplace hearth without sacrificing the parents’ desire for attractive and comfortable home furnishings. Comes in an array of fabrics and colors for any size hearth.
Children's Harnesses by Elaine, Inc.
Child safety harnesses for baby or toddler; child-to-adult safety harnesses for larger children and those with special needs; and safety harnesses to use with an Autism Dog. A top safety product that is comfortable, easy to use, adjustible and more.
ELPH Safety Band ID
ELPH, Easy Look Up to Phone Home, is a wearable silicone wristband that provides a highly visible form of identification. Uses QR Code Technology and 24/7 hotline help to reunite you and your loved one. It is the simple solution that not only communicates who to call in an emergency but also communicates and creates awareness for medical/special needs and allergy indications. ELPH is a solution that will help ease the minds of parents, caretakers and adults living with autism.
The Find’em Scent Kit
Providing the child’s personal scent to Search & Rescue First Responders saves valuable time in an emergency, because the K-9 Bloodhound tracking dogs have an uncontaminated scent to track, and more likely the ability to have a successful outcome and safe recovery. The Scent Kit package contains the instructions and tools necessary to easily and scientifically collect a child’s scent, as well as the Scent Safe container for convenient storage for one year.
ICE4Autism is the ONLY autism-specific in case of emergency (ICE) mobile app. It easily stores vital information about an autistic person's unique and individual needs directly on their iPhone or iPad making the very information first responders and ER personnel need to interact with and treat the person properly, immediately accessible. Among other features, ICE4Autism also includes an "alert my emergency contacts" feature which sends an emergency alert text message to the user's emergency contacts.
If I Need Help
Non profit offers personal wearable QR codes on patches, pins, clips, iD cards and shoe tags that can be scanned or entered into the site to view a live profile. It can be updated in real time and it can be emailed to others if a search is needed. Sign ups and memberships are free.
ID bracelets using QR code technology that allows users to provide as much information as they see fit. Our IDs, when scanned, also send Alert Messages that tell the emergency contacts when the ID was scanned and provides a GPS location. The user can also upload an unlimited number of documents to be saved and retrieved for use at any time. For example, upload your child's IEP so there is no need to worry about wondering where you put those IEP papers.
Kheelz: Ice Card and Medical Alert ID System for Children
What if your child was lost, afraid or injured and/or could not speak…How would you know?
Kheelz: ICE Card & Medical Alert ID System provides parents with peace of mind by providing a safe, secure, simple and affordable way for children to carry an ICE (In Case of Emergency) Card & Medical Alert ID with them at all times wherever they go…Every Step They Take. The Kheelz ICE Card is located in a special pocket area of the Kheelz shoe insert it is easily accessible ONLY when needed. A shoelace charm (or waterproof permanent sticker for non-lace shoes) reads “ICE Card in Shoe Insert”.
Lost and Found Temporary Tattoos
Free "If I am lost, please help me be found" temporary tattoos with your phone number.
Free autism medical IDs & wandering support services available for a limited time, supported by the Northwestern Mutual Insurance Endowment Fund. MedicAlert Foundation operates under the mission “protect and save lives”; therefore, we developed the new MedicAlert Found® program to provide an additional layer of protection for the autism community.
MX-LOCare GPS Watch
The MX-LOCare™ GPS Watch is a wearable GPS technology that was designed based upon the application requirements of law enforcement agencies, healthcare organizations and authorities for wandering- prevention technology and for greater peace of mind. The suggested applications are for Alzheimer’s care, child protection, law enforcement, lone- worker protection, elderly care, and autism. The MX-LOCare™ GPS Watch can also be tailored to suit the individual to easily adapt to their changing needs.
Project Lifesaver International
Project Lifesaver International helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related cognitive conditions. Project Lifesaver provides equipment, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the country and nation.
Safety Teaching Stories from Twigtale
Autism Speaks has collaborated with Twigtale to develop teaching stories to help keep your child safe! You provide the personal photos and details, Twigtale provides the scripted story. Stores include Water Safety, I Stay in My House, Police Officer My Friend, If I Get Lost and more.
SafetyTat is a fun and colorful temporary safety child ID tattoo that's uniquely offered either customized with your mobile phone number. When applied to the arm of your child or loved one, SafetyTat provides an immediate, highly visible form of child identification.
Seat Belt Buckle Guard
The Seat Belt Buckle Guard is a seat belt lock designed to prevent children with emotional and cognitive disabilities from releasing the seat belt while the car is in motion.
Shoelace Bands offer safety from trips and falls by using comfortable shoelace bands that conform to your feet and prevent unwanted loose laces. Teachers and aids often do not have time for repeated tying of shoes for multiple students and students are often embarrassed to ask to have them tied. These are colorful bands that are only $10.00 and offer safety, style and independence.
Allows citizens to provide the additional details that 9-1-1 call takers may need in order to assist them during an emergency. With Smart911, anytime you make an emergency call from a phone registered with your Safety Profile, the 9-1-1 systems recognizes your phone number and automatically displays your profile on the screen of the call taker who receives your call. You can include medical details for any member of your household, enabling responders to have more information before they arrive on scene. This includes information on medical conditions, allergies, disabilities, and medications. At a time when you may be panicked, or unable to communicate, or it could be unsafe to communicate, Smart911 ensures that the details you would need to tell 9-1-1 are immediately available in the event you cannot verbally provide them. Smart911 is free, private and secure.
The SwingSafe is a lightweight, portable, clip on attachment that provides a child with back support while on a swing. SwingSafe does not attach the child to the swing, and is adjustable to accommodate different size swings and can support up to 100 pounds.
Trackimo -- a high-precision tiny GPS/GSM tracker for kids, elderly, vehicles and other precious things with worldwide coverage. A little device that will give you peace of mind, letting you know exactly where your children are at any given time. Furthermore, it sends you smart alerts like text, email, and phone calls when something unusual happens, like if your kids venture out of specific parameters (school, house, park), gets lost, or if they press the SOS button.
The Wallet Card is a free tool for teenagers and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is designed to help them communicate clearly with law enforcement or first responders. And free! The Wallet Card Project is collaboration between the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD), the Coral Gables Police Department, and Disability Independence Group (DIG).
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