Trax – GPS Tracker for wandering children with Autism (ASD)
Trax was recently recommended by the security expert David Kennedy, on the Katie Couric show, as the best-suited tracking product currently available on the market.
New data shows half of all children with Autism wander and bolt from safe places!
The Interactive Autism Network (IAN), the largest online autism research project in the US, recently revealed the preliminary results of the first major survey on wandering and elopement among individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The wandering and elopement survey found that approximately half of parents of children with autism report that their child elopes, with the behaviour peaking at the age of four. Among these families, nearly 50% say that their child went missing long enough to cause significant concern about safety.
“This survey is the first research effort to scientifically validate that elopement is a critical safety issue for the autism community,” said Dr. Paul Law, Director of the IAN Project at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md. “We hope that advocates and policy makers use this research to implement key safety measures to support these families and keep these children safe.”
In just three weeks, more than 800 parents of children with autism completed the survey. The findings summarize the compelling results and crucial safety concerns identified by parents.
(For the preliminary findings in their entirety, read the IAN Research Report: Elopement and Wandering.)
“This survey is the first research effort to scientifically validate that elopement is a critical safety issue for the autism community.”
“We hope that advocates and policy makers use this research to implement key safety measures to support these families and keep these children safe.”Dr. Paul Law
Quickly see where your child is and how they got there.
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Federal Governmental funding available to cover the costs for Trax
New American legislation to help provide GPS trackers for children with autism
The Federal Government has announced it will be making funds available to cover costs of GPS trackers for children diagnosed with autism. This legislation follows the tragic story of Avonte Oquendo, who eloped from school last October.
His parents and Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York have since been pushing for a stable system of Federal funding to help grant GPS trackers to children with autism.
The Senator broke the news of this legislation on Jan 29th, which brings families and carers closer to accessible GPS tracking.
While a GPS tracker does not replace the vital role of carers, parents and teachers, this new legislation to open up more affordable GPS tracking could bring a greater degree of reassurance to families and support networks.
How to get funding
We have no information on what specifications a tracker needs to be accepted. As we understand everything has to be processed through your local law enforcement agency and we cannot process or accept funding submissions, nor can we process funding claims retroactively.
Please read the following article and contact your local authorities to apply for funding and mention your desire to use Trax as your preferred GPS tracker.
Relax with Trax
Trax helps you locate your children through a free mobile App or computer. It’s durable, affordable and easy to use!
Children with ASD are eight times more likely to elope between the ages of 7 and 10 than their typically-developing sibling.* They are often or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number verbally or by writing or typing. With Trax you can locate your child without the need for verbal communication.
The top 5 reasons parents believes that their children with ASD elopes:
- Enjoys exploring (54%)
- Heads for a favourite place (36%)
- Escapes demands/anxieties (33%)
- Pursues special topic (31%)
- Escapes sensory discomfort (27%)
The thought behind Trax is to give children the opportunity to explore the world while relatives or carers can feel more relaxed, and you can follow your wandering child in real-time while giving him the privacy he seeks.
“For tracking devices, the first one I’d recommend is Trax”
at Katie show child safety special, 12 Feb 2014David Kennedy