"1 out of every 88 children in the U.S. is born with some level of autism (CDC 2012) This is up 78% in the past decade."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that an average of 1 in 88 individuals in the U.S. have an ASD that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. These challenges often present unique safety risks, including those associated with a person's tendency to wander or elope from a safe environment.
According to data released in April 2011 by the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) through the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI):
Roughly half, or 49%, of children with autism attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings
More than one third of children with autism who wander/elope are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number
Two in three parents of elopers reported their missing children had a "close call" with a traffic injury
32% of parents reported a "close call" with a possible drowning
Children with ASD are eight times more likely to elope between the ages of 7 and 10 than their typically-developing siblings
Half of families with elopers report they had never received advice or guidance about elopement from a professional
In 2012, the National Autism Association found that from 2009 to 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% of the total U.S. deaths reported in children with autism subsequent to wandering, and that 23% of total wandering-related deaths occurred while the child was in the care of someone other than a parent.
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"A 2008 study called "CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO FIREFIGHTER LINE-OF-DUTY INJURY IN METROPOLITAN FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES" showed the dominant contributing factor to line of duty injuries was lack of situational awareness (37.35%)."