Firefighters vs Autism Calendar

First responders fighting for children with special needs. Please join us as we fight to prevent autism-related wandering incidents and deaths.
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Justin Lewis
Community
tucson, Arizona
United States
9 Team Members

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.

Meet Jack!

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”.


Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that not everyone can contribute, but you can help by sharing our video with your community.

  • Please share on Facebook, twitter or where ever you can.
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Thanks for your support! 

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  • $5USD
    The Booter

    You will get a virtual high five, and a shout out on our Facebook page and access to all project updates! Thank you!

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    The Salty Dog

    You will receive your very own Firefighters vs Autism calendar (please specify which calendar you would like. Beefcake or family friendly). Project updates and a FB shout out!

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    Popular demand

    You guys have asked for it, so here it is! You will receive a Firefighters vs Autism T-shirt.

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    The Senior Firefighter

    2 calendars of your choice (1 beefcake and 1 family friendly or 2 beefcake) one for you and one for a friend? 1 for the house and 1 for the office?

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    2 calendars of your choice and 2 digital copies of your favorite firefighter that you can use for screen savers! Please contact us for orders outside the US

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    The D/O

    3 calendars of your choice!

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    The Engineer

    3 calendars plus a 5x7 of your favorite pic! and a digital six pack of your favorite 6 firefighters! Please contact us for orders outside the US

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    The Captain

    5 calendars of your choice plus 2 Firefighters vs Autism bracelets

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    The BC

    5 calendars of your choice, plus an 11x17 poster of your favorite pic, plus 5 Firefighters vs Autism bracelets Please contact us for orders outside the US

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    The DC

    7 calendars of your choice, an 11x17 of your favorite pic, 5 Firefighters vs Autism bracelets and the digital six pack.

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    The Assistant Chief

    10 calendars of your choice and a digital 12 pack! You will also get a Firefighters vs Autism T-shirt (please specify size) Please contact us for orders outside the US

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    The Chief

    12 calendars of your choice, plus 10 bracelets and 2 Firefighters vs Autism T-shirts (please specify what size) Please contact us for orders outside the US

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    The Retired Firefighter

    25 calendars of your choice, 10 ff vs autism bracelets, 3 FF vs Autism T-shirts (please specify size), and a 11x17 poster of your favorite Fireman. Please contact us for orders outside the US

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    50 calendars plus 30 bracelets and 10 T-shits, a 12 pack of digital downloads so that you can change your screen saver every month of the year! Please contact us for orders outside the US

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