Why It’s Mandatory for Court Personnel to Be Autism Aware!

By Trish Ieraci Do we need all court personnel to be autism aware? When he was 13, my son with autism was subpoenaed to appear in court. He was a victim—A young man in school felt it was okay to hit my son, not once, but twice within the same week. Supposedly my son looked "funny" to him. The case was turned over to the State Attorney's Office. When we received the subpoena I knew that I had to prepare my son.  I advised him that we would have to go to court. The first words out of my son’s mouth were "I'm going to kill him.” I knew my … [Read more...]

Bully Protection 101 for Kids with Autism

By Connie Hammer Being a friend and being a bully are two very different things. Can your child tell them apart? Learning the difference between a friend and a bully can be difficult for the autistic brain to comprehend but not impossible. It is vitally important because children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are especially vulnerable to mistreatment from a bully. Research shows that children with special needs such as autism are two to three times more likely to be bullied than kids that are not autistic. Why is … [Read more...]

Building Safer Communities for Those Who Wander

By Project Lifesaver International As parents we strive every day to keep our children safe and protected. All the more so when our child is on the autism spectrum. Some may be non-verbal and prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. An autistic child who wanders can put themselves in extremely unsafe situations. Many autistic elopers will typically hide or run complicating the search and rescue efforts, posing significant challenges for first responders and reducing the chances of the wanderer's safe return. Additionally … [Read more...]

Autism and Safety: “If I Need Help”

By Erin Wilson So much has happened since my husband and I shared our story on Geek Club Books last April. Even our name reflects our changes going from QR Code iD to If I Need Help. And we are officially a 501(c)(3) charity. Our energetic son Jay is autistic. After experiencing his getting lost at school and in an amusement park, we wanted to create a way to communicate for him. Our solution was to make personal wearable QR codes for him and for other children just like him. When the code is scanned or manually entered, a profile appears … [Read more...]

Autimism: Staying Safe

Scroll down for our giveaway for iPad Mini, Nexus 7 tablet, gift cards and goodies. By Bruce and Erin Wilson Our son Jay is fast! He can really move! As a matter of fact he can run way faster than he can speak. We are hopeful that will change soon, but right now it’s the truth. We looked at our situation “living with a little Olympic sprinter” and wondered what we could do to make him safe. What if we are looking the other way for a second and he takes off. Over and over we had variations of the following conversation. We want a way … [Read more...]