Spotlight on Safety

The safety of our constituents is a primary concern for us here at UF CARD.  Below are many resources to assist in keeping individuals with ASD safe.  These resources address issues related to water and fire safety, wandering, and interacting with law enforcement.  Please click on the links below for additional information.


1. Autism Safety Gear

Each Safety Gear Box contains:

  • 5 – Door/Window Alarms
  • 1 – Identification Wristband
  • 1 – Emergency Information Seatbelt Attachment
  • 1 – Autism & Safety Brochure
  • 4 – Laminated STOP Signs
  • 1 – Wallet Card for Disclosure to First Responders or Law Enforcement
  • 1 – Water Watcher Card with Lanyard

UF CARD constituents can call us at 352-265-2230 to request an Autism Safety Gear box.

2. Smart911

Smart911 allow you to add key information about members of your household that would help anyone you care for in the event of an emergency.  This information is available to operators whether you contact 911 from your home phone or any mobile phone.

3. Wallet Card 

This card helps identify individuals with autism spectrum disorder, should they need to disclose their disability to law enforcement or first responders. Directions on how to use the card are described in the link above.

4. Book: A 5 Is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up! an Honest Guide for Teens and Young Adults

Written by Kari Dunn Buron, A 5 Is Against the Law! Provides strategies for addressing challenging behaviors that can lead to trouble for adolescents and young adults who have difficulty with social boundaries.

5. Be Safe: The Movie

Teaches young adults with autism spectrum disorder how to safely interact with law enforcement.

7. USF CARD Safety Resources

8. Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE)

9. Wandering Tips from Parents

10. Autism Speaks Wandering Resources

11. Think Autism Safety 

12. Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide to Safety from Organization for Autism Research

13. Putnam Project Lighthouse

Helps Putnam County’s most vulnerable citizens obtain wearable tracking devices. If your loved one is in danger of wandering/elopement due to dementia, autism, or intellectual disability, please call them at (386) 329-0538 for more information or visit their website.

14. Scent Saver Kits

Scent Saver kits preserve the scent of a loved one prone to wandering and can assist K9 search efforts in the event of an emergency. Check with your local sheriff’s office to see if they have a program. Here is a news story about the program in Marion County.

15. Autism Speaks List of Safety Products

We hope you found this brief spotlight informative and relevant.  If you would like more in depth training about this topic or another, please submit a training request. Please share feedback with us!