We received one of these Big Red Safety boxes last year from the National Autism Association and it was a blessing to have the additional resources to help make our house safer. While we have three boys with autism, Logan has been known to wander and escape (thankfully not as often now), so it’s a real worry of ours.
I encourage any special needs family to consider ordering one of these boxes if they have wandering or other safety concerns in their autistic child. If you don’t have a child with autism, would you consider tweeting out a promotional message for the NAA’s Big Red Safety Box program? Here, I’ll make it easy for you:
NAA’s Big Red Safety Box includes the following resources (From their Site):
Our Get REDy booklet containing the following educational materials and tools:
A caregiver checklist
A Family Wandering Emergency Plan
A first-responder profile form
A wandering-prevention brochure
A sample IEP Letter
Two (2) Door/Window Alarms with batteries
One (1) RoadID Personalized, Engraved Shoe ID Tag*
Five (5) Laminated Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows
Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows
One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband
* You will receive instructions to submit a custom personalization order online at roadid.com. Your tag will be quickly engraved with your emergency information and mailed to you at no charge.
You can go fill out an application for a Big Red Safety Box from the National Autism Association now but another option, brand new to their site, is their Digital Big Red Safety Toolkit, available for parents and caregivers or for first responders. I encourage you to share these links as well!
And I couldn’t ignore the awesome (ausome!) possibility that you might want to tweet these out as well (they’re such an awesome resource and so many are in need!), so here’s a click to tweet just for you to share!
If you know someone who can benefit I hope you’ll share today, and hey! How about you comment and tell me who you want a toolkit for! I’d love to hear about your awesomeness (and how you might make use of this au-some autism resource!).
I'm a special needs parent before just about everything else in life, but also a passionate advocate for my three boys and husband, who all have a bit of awesomeness about them. Awesomeness = Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome, Autism, Epilepsy, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, and more. It all adds up to some awesome kids and an amazing family.