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  • Mon 17 Jun 2019
  • Mon, June 17, 2019

Autism and Wandering 2015

Watching the montage of news footage in this video is what it is often like inside my mind.  My brain will play a constant loop of fear, tragedy and ‘what-if’ driven dialogue that remind me to never let my guard down, stay prevention minded and have a plan.

Here is an important video from the National Autism Association on the dangers of wandering and its relationship with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The search times for those found deceased ranged from 15 minutes to 20 hours, according to available information from 2009-2011 media reports.  Tragedy can strike at an exceptionally fast pace, especially when the person wandering (whether purpose or non-purpose driven wandering) has a lack of threat awareness. Walking into traffic, in front of a train, into bodies of water (extremely common), etc.

A significant number of the non-lethal outcomes from that same time period, as observed by NAA, involved the assistance of public citizens (National Autism Association). In other words, awareness does matter.

Please share this important message.

 Visit the National Autism Association website and go to the page listed Wandering to learn how to take action in your community.

  • More than one third of children with autism who wander/elope are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number
  • Half of families report they have never received advice or guidance about elopement from a professional
  • Accidental drowning accounts for approximately 90% of lethal outcomes
  • Other dangers include dehydration; heat stroke; hypothermia; traffic injuries; falls; physical restraint; encounters with strangers