The National Autism Association is committed to those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who may be prone to wandering off or eloping from a safe environment, and may be unable to recognize danger and/or stay safe. Wandering, elopement, “running” or fleeing behaviors among those within our community not only present unique safety risks, but also create extraordinary worry and stress among caregivers.
For more information on applying for your free Big Red Safety Box visit: http://nationalautismassociation.org/big-red-safety-box/
NAA’s Big Red Safety Box includes the following resources:
1) Our Be REDy Booklet containing the following educational materials and tools:
2) Two (2) GE Wireless Door/Window Alarms with batteries
3) One (1) RoadID Personalized, Engraved Shoe ID Tag*
4) Five (5) Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows
5) Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows
6) One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband
7) One (1) Child ID Kit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
*You will receive instructions to submit a custom personalization order online at roadid.com. Your tag will be quickly engraved with your emergency information and mailed to you at no charge. Regardless of any tools caregivers may have in place, if a loved one’s medical condition interferes with their ability to recognize danger or stay safe, it is critical that caregivers maintain close supervision and security in all settings. For more information and ways to prevent wandering-related incidents, please visit http://awaare.org
Those diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and who are at risk of wandering/bolting from a safe environment, qualify to receive a Big Red Safety Box while supplies allow. Limit One (1) box per family – previous recipients are not eligible. Recipients must agree to terms and conditions. Please allow up to three weeks for your Big Red Safety Box request to be processed. NAA’s Big Red Safety Boxes are packaged and shipped with care by a company employing adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
To download our free Be REDy Booklet for Caregivers, click here.
To download our free Be REDY Booklet for First Responders, click here.
To download our free Be REDY Booklet for Teachers, click here.
Alaska is the 23rd State to join the Yellow Dot Program. This program is designed to alert first responders and officers that someone in the vehicle has a medical condition and provides detailed medical information that can be crucial following a crash. The purpose of the program is to alert law enforcement officers, and medical first responders of any special information to better assist the situation. Participants of the program receive a “Yellow Dot” decal, a “Yellow Dot” folder and an information form with the participant’s name, an identifying photo, emergency contact information, personal physicians’ information, medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies and medications being used. We encourage all families with an individual on the spectrum to become part of the Yellow Dot Program to help first responders.
Smart911 allows citizens to create a safety profile of vital personal and household data. Specifically to autism, this profile allows people to including details on medications, medical conditions, and any information that is needed in order to effectively assist or interact with people during an emergency situation. This information is automatically available to 9-1-1 call takers when a citizen places an emergency call and can be sent to first responders in the field, enabling them to act precisely, save valuable time and further reduce tragic outcomes and save lives. The autism society of Alaska strongly encourages families to set up a profile with this program.
The Autism Society of Alaska’s procedure for safety is a twofold process: we inform both parties by educating first responders and law enforcement along with families of those on the spectrum. We believe through each training we can make a positive impact in Alaska.