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Autism and Law Enforcement

All autism parents feel anxious about their children in the community, knowing they could be perpetrators, victims of crime, or wanderers.  Far too often, criminal actions on the part of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) individuals are provoked by school administrators and/or police officers not understanding the signs and manifestations of autism. A recent case in point [...]

Autism Group Offers Free Safety Kit to Caregivers

Wandering-related episodes involving those with autism is a serious issue and stories seem to come in on a weekly basis pertaining to the topic. Unfortunately, not all of them have happy endings. Many autism groups and organizations have been pushing to curb this epidemic, and some have emerged as leaders in advocacy for autism safety [...]

Free Autism Conference to Focus on Safety Issues

As autism rates continue to climb, so too does the problem of safety-related incidents, many of which result in injury or death. In the past year alone, it seemed as if a month didn’t go by without some kind of tragic story involving wandering, bullying and/or abuse involving individuals with autism. To help address these [...]

Child with Autism Taken by Authorities, Remains in Custody

Today is January 31, 2012. For Derek Hoare, this simply means it’s day number 230 — the number of days his 10-year-old daughter with autism has been kept from him by Child Protective Services (MCFD) in Canada. The tragedy began in Abbotsford, British Columbia on June 16, 2011 when Canadian authorities removed Ayn Van Dyk [...]

Another Police Encounter with Autism Goes South

A young man with autism and schizophrenia, yet able to live in his own apartment, had a harrowing trip to a Whole Foods Market in Dallas. After customers complained that he was “behaving oddly,” police were called to the store. Apparently, the young man was running in the aisles and not staying in the store [...]

Autism, CPS and Wandering

Joshua Robb, an eight year old child with autism has been successfully rescued after running away from his elementary school and being lost in the San Bernardino National Forest for over 24-hours. “Thank you … you saved me,” were the boy’s first words to rescuers — words made all the more poignant because he rarely [...]

Another Child with Autism Involved in Wandering-Related Death

In what has seemingly become an epidemic within the autism community, another child with autism has tragically drowned as a result of a wandering-related episode. Seven-year-old John Burton, Jr., from southeast Indiana, had just moved into a new neighborhood and disappeared while playing with the family dog. Burton’s mother noted that her son was unfamiliar [...]

Summer Safety for Children with Autism

With summer rapidly approaching, it’s a good time for parents of children with autism to give extra thought to their safety.  According to statistics, drowning is the leading cause of death for children and adults with autism, with many of these incidents occurring during wandering-related episodes, so it is very important that parents and caregivers [...]

Finding Middle Ground in the Vaccine-Autism Debate

In watching the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) as it held its press conference on the steps of the US Court of Federal Claims a few days ago, I was struck by the common message of parents whose children were injured by vaccines which can be summed up with the phrase, [...]

Body of Missing Boy with Autism Found

As we reported last month, three-year-old Adam Benhamama, vanished during a game of hide-and-seek with his sister in a suburb of Montreal, Canada. His disappearance initiated an intensive three-day manhunt that yielded few clues and no results. Benhamama had autism and was reportedly non-verbal and hard-of-hearing. Sadly, Adam’s body was found earlier today after someone [...]

 
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Did You Know?

  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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