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Autism Resources for Parents: Autism Wandering Resources

This pathfinder will share an annotated list of reference sources, indexes, databases, and other content to help users begin to conduct research on the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

National Autism Association (NAA)

The National Autism Association has created 3 digital safety toolkits that can be downloaded for free from the AWAARE Collaboration website. The Big Red Safety Box includes a Caregiver Toolkit, First Responder Toolkit, and a Teacher Toolkit.

NAA's Be REDy Booklet for Caregivers


The toolkit provides a helpful checklist including:

• Swimming Lessons Tool 
• Root-cause Scenario & Strategies Tool 
• Stop Sign Prompts 
• Social Story: “Staying in my house” 
• Sample IEP Letter (Never allow restraint/seclusion practices into any IEP as this increases associated risks.) 
• Sample Physician’s Letter 
• How To Get Tracking Technology In Your Town 
• General Awareness Letter: share with schools, homeowner’s association, law enforcement agencies, physicians, etc. 
• Five Affordable Safety Tools 
• Caregiver Resources One-sheeter 
• Family Wandering Emergency Plan 
• First-responder Alert Form (Please fill out and provide a copy to your local law enforcement agencies.)
• Calming Cards Sheet 
• Student Profile Sheet 
• Wandering-prevention One-Sheeter

NAA's Be REDy Booklet for First Responders

NAA's Be REDy Booklet for Teachers