Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Special Challenges and Creative Solutions When Providing Services to Females with Autism

The majority of individuals with autism are male, and females with autism are often overlooked in discussions of needs and program planning. Special challenges exist in serving individuals with autism who are female. In addition, females may be vulnerable in ways that are often not acknowledged or...

What Parents of Children with Autism Should Know About Abuse

It is true that parents of children and adults with ASD, if asked, will admit to having long-held fears that their child may become a victim of abuse. However, it is also true that when I have provided classes for parents of young and adult children with autism at Los Angeles-based Regional Centers...

Autism and Hospitals: A Difficult Match

As a resident, you always have that one patient who sticks out in your mind—the one who had some profound impact on your practice of medicine and your life outside of medicine. For me, though, it wasn’t just one patient. It was one patient after another with the same challenge: autism. Having...

The Dangers of Social Media for Individuals with Autism

The Disability and Abuse Project publishes a weekly news feed of all articles that have been published in the past week on abuse of people with disabilities. These focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities. Recently there has been an increase of articles describing solicitation by...

The Importance of Community Involvement in Preventing a Wandering Incident

Approximately 48% of children diagnosed with autism have been reported to elope at some point in their lives, frequently from places that are considered the safest environments for them to be in, such as homes and schools. People who elope place themselves in harm’s way and increase their risk of...

Safety in Numbers – Traveling with Students on the Autism Spectrum

Traveling with students on the autism spectrum is a fun and rewarding experience provided that planning and forethought are engaged before going on a trip. Domestic local day trips differ from multi-day international excursions. However, some basic tenants pertain to the planning of each kind of...

Project Lifesaver – From the Beach to the Police Department

As way of background I am a Police Detective in the New Rochelle Police Department (NY) and President of the New Rochelle PBA. New Rochelle is a 10 square mile city located within Westchester County, NY. Westchester County offers Project Lifesaver to all qualified residents within the County. I...

Interacting Safely with Police: Crucial Skills for Individuals Across the Spectrum

Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have a long list of safety concerns, no matter the age of their children. Parents need to focus on creating a secure home environment, preventing wandering and teaching water safety. Yet there is another critical area of need that...

Keeping Kids with ASD Safe – Understanding the Creep Factor and the Hidden Curriculum

It was Middle School Day at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ and I was the chaperone for my son’s “self-contained” autism class. Christopher’s entire school went to the show - including the two autism classes. During intermission, I was asked if I could take the eight teenage boys, all on...

Autism and Safety: It’s Unpredictable

While safety is important to everyone, it is a major concern among many people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as the complex communication, social, sensory and behavioral challenges associated with ASD may place people with this disorder at increased risk of injury or death. Indeed, research...