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Teaching Safety in Conjunction with Re-Launch of the Autism Safety Project

Safety is a critical part of all of our lives, whether we are at home or out in the community, alone or with loved ones. Being aware of our surroundings and taking precautions to stay safe is even more important for individuals with autism and their families. The Autism Safety Project is designed to provide families affected by autism with tips, information, expert advice and resources so that everyone in our community can stay out of harm’s way.

Since we have launched the updated Autism Safety Project this week we wanted to know your best tips and ideas about teaching safety to your family and friends.

  1. kelli slawson
    December 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    very important!!! there are many personal experiences i could list but one that sticks out the most is one where my son who is 16 was walking home from school in the rain my husband honked from opposite side of street to him and he just stepped out almost getting hit scared me so much as well as him it is unfortunate that because of the autism sometimes something has to personally affect him for him to get it and it is one of my biggest fears of him getting older and becoming an adult.

    • Sarah R
      December 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      How scary! I have a similar story with my 3 year old son who for a few seconds I turned away as he was playing at thd playground and he ran across the street. My heart sank when i turned back and he was gone. When i saw him clearly across the street, I ran to get him and screamed out loud for him to stop. He thought i was chasing him and laughed so hard and ran faster! I now hold his hand at all times or dont take my eyes off him. My family doesnt fully understand Autism and the affects. It also scares me to think about his future as an older child/adult.

  2. December 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    do you have a branch in eureka california?

  3. Angel Morgan
    December 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    As a YMCA lifeguard, swim instructor and mother of a 7year old autistic son, I have made it my point in life to teach both special needs kids and neurotypical kids (and their parents) water and boating safety. Teaching a child to survival swim and tolerate wearing a lifejacket are essential skills every kid should have.

  4. Ellenora Hurt
    December 14, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Always keep your guards up.

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