Hancock County Autism
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Blanchard Valley Center
1700 East Sandusky Street
Findlay, Ohio 45840
(419) 422-8173 ext. 1103

Hancock County Autism
Learn and Connect

Big Give

Today is your chance to Support the Big Give for Autism!
The Big Give for Autism is a one-day awareness and fundraising event designed to raise funds for the Autism Society of Ohio and the 100+ ASA affiliates and partner organizations across the country. The day-long initiative will raise autism awareness and highlight the critical need for services and resources that will enable individuals living with an autism diagnosis to reach their maximum potential.
Consider these facts:
  • More than 18,726 or 7.32% of Ohio children with disabilities have autism   BIg Give Donate Now
  • Ohio ranks 10th in the nation for autism incidence
  • Only 56% of individuals with autism finish high school
  • The cost of autism over a life span is 3.2 million dollars a person
  • Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the U.S.
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism
It is the mission of the Autism Society of Ohio to serve the ENTIRE community affected by autism—children, youth, adults, parents and service providers. Through the efforts of our statewide network of staff and volunteers, we are working everyday to create opportunities and options that will improve the quality of life for individuals and give parents the support they need.
With your help, we can continue to improve the quality of life of those affected by autismfor years to come. In Ohio that is more than 60,000 families!
Please help us support these families by giving generously today!
Click here and make your donation NOW!

Wandering & Elopement

Wandering and Elopement
 According to the Autism Society of America, in 2011, a study conducted by the Interactive Autism Network through the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that roughly half, or 49%, of children with autism attempt to elope from a safe environment. The National Autism Association, reviewed data on accidental drowning between  2009-201;  accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with autism ages 14 and younger subsequent to wandering/elopement. Sixty-eight percent of these deaths happened in a nearby pond, lake, creek or river.
Here in Hancock County the Sheriff’s Department has Deputy Elizabeth Baker, from the sheriff’s office,  who is in charge of Project Lifesaver.  Project Lifesaver’s mission is to bring loved ones home through the use of advanced special rescue techniques.  Project Lifesaver relies on proven radio technology and a specially trained search and rescue team.  Clients that are enrolled in the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal 24 hours a day on an individually assigned FM radio frequency.  The signal is tracked on the ground for a mile.  There have been over 2800 searches country wide with 30 minutes being the average recovery time.  For more information on Project Lifesaver contact Deputy Baker at 419.434.7253.
Additional information on wandering and elopement can be found on the following links;

Happy Summer

Happy summer to everyone in Hancock County! 
Summer is a great time to think about safety, especially water safety.   Drowning is the number 1 cause of accidental death for persons on the spectrum.  What should you do?  Here are some tips from reliable resources:
1.       From an early age teach never enter into water unless an adult is present or has given permission specific to  that day.  This includes all water, pools, lakes, rivers, oceans and bathtubs.
2.       Teach water safety (get out of the water when it is storming) including hidden curriculum items (Don’t use other people’s towels). Teaching beforehand will reduce the likelihood of a meltdown if something unexpected happens.
3.       Enroll your child in swimming lessons.
For a quick video discussion on other safety trips visit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2Sjx1S-g9M&feature=youtu.be

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