New Service in Salt Lake County for Families with Autism and Alzheimers

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Today I got an email from the Utah Autism Coalition regarding Project Lifesaver.  Let me post it below:

The Utah Autism Coalition, in coordination with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff James Winder and Captain Teri Sommers, is pleased to announce the launch of Project Lifesaver! Project Lifesaver was made possible in large part by a grant from the National Autism Association for law enforcement equipment and training.

The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.

We hope this will be a great resource to our autism community. There have been so many media reports lately and over the years of individuals with autism who have wandered and become lost. Many have been found safe, but others were less fortunate. We hope Project Lifesaver can be a useful tool and bring peace of mind to many of you who worry your child may become lost.

How it works:

Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small LoJack SafetyNet personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their locally trained agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer's area. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes - 95% less time than standard operations.

The LoJack SafetyNet system also includes a database of key information about the client such as a recent photo and insight as to where the person might have wandered if he or she goes missing, and a caregiver support organization that is available by phone and e-mail 24x7 for emergencies.

How to enroll:

There is a $99 initial enrollment fee and a recurring $30 monthly service charge for clients. Families and caregivers can enroll their loved ones by calling 1-877-4-FINDTHEM (877-434-6384). For those families or caregivers who cannot afford the service, they are encouraged to check with their local agency for available options.

For more information, please contact Project Lifesaver at 1-877-580-LIFE (5433) or click here, or LoJack SafetyNet at 1-877-4-FINDTHEM (877-434-6384) or visit here.

A special thanks:

Shanda Ross, the UAC special projects chair, has done an incredible job in overseeing and organizing this project. She made us promise we wouldn't bring attention to her or recognize her in any way. (Whoops, had our fingers crossed). Shanda is an incredible autism advocate, and we appreciate her many efforts in behalf of our community.