I was surfing facebook and found this amazing new product available in the Nation Autism Association’s Little Shop of Hope.
NAA is thrilled to partner with childIDcode on this important safety item for kids prone to wandering and elopement. It is vital that our children – especially those who are non-verbal – have some sort of identification should they become lost.
These waterproof stickers are custom-printed with a QR code. When the code is scanned with a smart phone it will display, “I Have Autism” along with the emergency contact number that you specify. This will work even in an area with no cell service or WiFi.
Stickers can be placed on clothing, hats, backpacks, etc. They’re vital for school field trips, vacations, even daily outings where your child may be at risk of wandering or bolting. They are also a great option for kids with sensory issues who are unable to tolerate ID bracelets.
ChildIDcode stickers for individuals with autism are available exclusively through NAA in packs of 10 stickers for only $4.99 (50% off retail price) with a full 100% of all proceeds being donated by childIDcode to support NAA’s Big Red Safety Box program.
Shipping is FREE!
For more detailed product information, visit childIDcode.com.
I see a lot of stuff of facebook. Mostly those hilarious someecards and various pictures of cats doing funny or cute things. This time it was something that could help save my child’s life. Wandering is something I worry about constantly. Below is some information from AWAARE.org on wandering/elopement and autism statistics.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that an average of 1 in 88 individuals in the U.S. have an ASD that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. These challenges often present unique safety risks, including those associated with a person’s tendency to wander or elope from a safe environment.
According to data released in April 2011 by the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) through the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI):
- Roughly half, or 49%, of children with a autism attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings
- More than one third of children with autism who wander/elope are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number
- Two in three parents of elopers reported their missing children had a “close call” with a traffic injury
- 32% of parents reported a “close call” with a possible drowning
- Children with ASD are eight times more likely to elope between the ages of 7 and 10 than their typically-developing siblings
- Half of families with elopers report they had never received advice or guidance about elopement from a professional
In 2012, the National Autism Association found that from 2009 to 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with autism subsequent to wandering, and that 23% of total wandering-related deaths occurred while the child was in the care of someone other than a parent.
If you know of a family dealing with Autism, I urge you share this information with them. These QR code stickers can literally save a child’s life.