The Issue: Children with Autism Wandering from Home
Approximately half of parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) report that their children elope—i.e. wander or bolt—from home, according to the Interactive Autism Network’s survey of more than 800 parents of children with autism. The tendency of these children to wander or bolt puts them at risk for injury, trauma, or even death, particularly because more than one-third of these children are either never or rarely able to communicate identifying information such as their names, addresses, or phone numbers.
The Campaign: Track Missing Children with Safety Kits
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then the Autism Society of Indiana can provide two families in need with Project Lifesaver safety kits. Each additional $300 raised will provide a Project Lifesaver safety kit for another family. Each starter kit includes a personal transmitter, 12 batteries, and 12 replacement bracelets, and comes with enrollment in Project Lifesaver’s safety program. Children wear the transmitters, which emit individualized tracking signals, around their wrists or ankles. If an enrolled child goes missing, his or her caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver emergency-response team, which helps locate the wandering child.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.