PROJECT KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE!
Autism Society Acadiana would like to purchase GPS tracking devices for members of our organization who have a child with autism and we need your help. GPS tracking devices using radio, Bluetooth or GPS technology significantly reduce the frequency — and associated risks — of wandering behavior among children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders, as well as minimizing parental anxiety, according to survey results presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting. You may also recall, the Acadiana area was affected by the devastating loss of a 6 year old boy from Youngsville, who wandered from his home and was found by law enforcement in a nearby retention pond. This little boy, Keaton, lost his life due to drowning. Also, a recent study, NAA Mortality & Risk in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Wandering/Elopement, found that nearly a third of reported ASD missing person cases related to wandering/elopement from 2011 to 2016 in the United States ended in death or required medical attention. The study was based on over 800 media-reported missing person cases in the U.S. over a six-year period involving individuals with an ASD.
Recently we applied for a grant from the Stuller Foundation and were awarded a matching grant in the amount of $9350. In our award letter, it specified “new funds” needed to be raised to match the grant award for the grant to be given. In order to raise $9350 on our own, we started a campaign called “Project Keep Our Kids Safe”. We are soliciting donations from area businesses and community members, which will be matched by the generosity of Matt Stuller through the Stuller Foundation.
Donations can be mailed to Autism Society Acadiana, 3108 W. Pinhook Rd, Ste 101, Lafayette, LA 70508 and designate for Project Keep Our Kids Safe or you can Donate Here!