Spotlight on Safety

Spotlights are a new feature here on the UF CARD  website.    A link to our newest spotlight can be found below as well as a link to archived editions.  We will post new topics periodically and hope you will find these brief spotlights informative and relevant.  Please share any feedback with us at ufcard.training@gmail.com

Featured Spotlight: 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.

Resources

1. Autism Safety Gear

Each Safety Gear Box contains:

  • 5 – Door/Window Alarms
  • 1 – identification wristband
  • 1 – Emergency Information Seatbelt Attachment
  • 1 – CARD Brochure
  • 1 – Autism & Safety Brochure
  • 1 – Kid-E Tag Shoe Tags
  • 4 – Laminated STOP signs
  • 1 – Wallet Card for Disclosure to First Responders or law Enforcement

UF CARD constituents can call us at 352-273-0581 to request an Autism Safety Gear box.

2. Project Leo

Project Leo is a pilot project to provide personal devices to aid search & rescue efforts for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Alachua, Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, and Suwannee Counties.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Be Safe: The Movie

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

7. USF CARD Water Safety Booklet 

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 visitwww.putnamprojectlighthouse.org.

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: https://www.wuft.org/news/2017/06/19/marion-county-sheriffs-office-hands-out-scent-preservation-kits.

15. Safety Resource Packet

Created by the University of Florida Occupational Therapy Community Group Project

Download our Autism and Safety Awareness flier by clicking on either image below….