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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Another Child with Autism Wanders and Drowns

In what has seemingly become a regular occurrence, another child has tragically died in a wandering and drowning-related incident, this time near Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Four-year-old Blake Murrell, who had autism and was non-verbal, was found deceased in a duck pond yesterday afternoon just a short distance from his home. Murrell was reported missing at around [...]

Autism Wandering Remains a Deadly Problem

The recent case of Adam Benhamma continues to highlight the ongoing issue of wandering by those with autism. In fact, drowning has been cited as the leading cause of death for children and adults with autism, with a large majority of these incidents occurring during wandering episodes. Exposure to elements has also been responsible for [...]

Canadian Authorities Continue Search for Boy with Autism

A potentially heartbreaking story has emerged from Canada in Laval, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal. Three-year-old Adam Benhamma, who has autism and is both non-verbal and deaf, has been missing since Sunday afternoon after playing outside with his sister. The youngster disappeared during a game of hide-and-seek while his father briefly went inside the house [...]

 
 
 

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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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