Firefighters vs Autism
First Responders Fighting for Children with Special Needs.
Please join us as we fight to prevent autism-related wandering incidents and deaths.
Everyone involved has given so much of themselves, for one meaningful reason…to save lives.
Did you know that Autistic Children are attracted to water, are prone to wandering off or bolting into traffic? In fact, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with Autism ages 14 years and younger subsequent to wandering.
Deaths associated with wondering are preventable. Unfortunately, there is a huge disconnect between Physicians, Mental Health Professionals, First Responders, and families touched by Autism.
Turns out, that less than half of families with an autistic child who has wandered were ever informed or offered any guidance by their pediatrician or mental health professional about the behavior and the dangers that accompany it.
When you purchase one of our calendar packages, you will...
- be helping us raise awareness, because half naked firefighters are great conversation starters.
- be helping us train Emergency Responders how to best serve the Autistic community and children with special needs.
- be sponsoring Survival Swim Lessons for families touched by autism that are unable to afford them.
- be perpetuating the notion that Firefighters are sexy.
- Be helping us prevent deaths associated with wandering such as, drowning, getting struck by a vehicle, falling from a high place, dehydration, hyperthermia, abduction, victimization and assault.
- feel good about giving, study’s show that helping emergency responders will make you smile, but helping autistic children will make your heart explode with gratitude.
Every story has its hero, well Jack (or Jackman to his friends) is our hero. Jack has been diagnosed with autism and he is such a beautiful being and has proven to be a great teacher. Jack’s father (Justin) is a Firefighter and started researching all things Autism related after his diagnosis. One of the shocking discoveries was the dangers associated with wandering.
Wandering-When a person, who requires some level of supervision to be safe, leaves a supervised, safe space and/or the care of a responsible person and is exposed to potential dangers such as traffic, open water (drowning), falling from a high place, weather (hypothermia, heat stroke, dehydration) or unintended encounters with potentially predatory strangers.
As a firefighter, that information made Justin very uncomfortable. As a father of an autistic child, that information made Justin sick. “It is physically and mentally draining to raise a child who is prone to wondering off from a safe environment and attracted to dangerous one, you always have to be dialed in, I had to do something….Hence, "Firefighters vs. Autism”.
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