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Wandering autism articles from 2011

January 11, 2012

2011 was another eventful year in autism news. Parents and advocates continued to raise awareness about wandering safety, a critical issue in the autism community.

Links to the articles as well as excerpts are below.

Preventing autism wandering deaths: Mason Alert, tracking, medical code proposed

Interview with advocate Sheila Medlam on her son Mason and autism wandering

New CDC medical code expected to help prevent autism wandering, raise awareness

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Preventing deaths from wandering, accidental drowning of children with autism spectrum disorders

May 19, 2010

Wandering-related factors such as drowning and external exposure are leading causes of death of children and adults with autism, according to studies and reports.

Jim Moody of the National Autism Association called for more awareness and prevention of wandering at last month’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee meeting in Washington, D.C.

Wandering is most closely associated with Alzheimer’s disease but it is also a major problem in people with autism, who often have compromised communication abilities, impulsive behaviors, and a lack of a sense of danger.

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