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NAA Asks Facebook Users to Vote for Autism Family Assistance Programs

Vivint Gives Back Project provides opportunity for expanded programs benefitting families affected by autism

NIXA, Mo. July 13, 2011 $1.25 million August 27

Lori McIlwain

Funding from Vivint would allow NAA to significantly broaden its newest program, the "Big Red Safety Box," which focuses on wandering prevention. Over the past two months, NAA has distributed 2,000 of its Big Red Safety Boxes to families of individuals with autism who are at risk of wandering away from safe environments.  The boxes contain door alarms, identification tags, and many other wandering-prevention safety materials and tools.  Made possible through a grant from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, NAA is currently seeking funding to continue the invaluable service the Big Red Safety Box program affords families. "The Vivint funding would allow us to continue providing lifesaving resources to the overwhelming number of families trying to keep their loved ones safe," said Ms. McIlwain.

In addition to the Big Red Safety Box, other NAA programs include Helping Hand, which assists families in providing desperately needed treatments and therapies for their children, and FOUND, which McIlwain helped establish in 2008 to combat the rise in wandering-related deaths in the autism community. In addition to its family care programs, NAA advocates for the most relevant scientific research, legislation for access to medical care, coverage for medical and safety devices, services and support over the life span and protection from abuse towards individuals with autism. 

"Autism is a national emergency that has gone neglected for far too long," according to Ms. McIlwain. "This is an easy way for those who care about these kids and their families to help them get the assistance they desperately need."

Rita Shreffler Nixa, MO
Portsmouth, RI

SOURCE National Autism Association

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