Many organizations within the autism world do wonderful work for people on the spectrum and their families. The Flutie Foundation is one of them. Check out their "Flutie Family Fence Project" in conjunction with Northeastern Fence of Saugus, Massachusetts. Last week a 7 year old boy with autism named James Delorey wandered from home in Canada. He died as a result of hypothermia following two days in the frigid weather.
Read the full article on the Flutie Family Fence Project at WickedLocal: Saugus, MA News
The issue of wandering is prevalent within the Autism community. According to a recent online survey conducted by National Autism Association, 92 percent of the respondents said their autistic child was prone to wandering.
“With any child, there is always a concern for safety when kids are playing outside,” said Chris Chirco, Director of Programming at the Flutie Foundation. “That concern rises for parents of autistic children, who often wander and don’t understand the concept of danger or the repercussions of walking into traffic. Installing a fence around the yard where children play is an important tool that allows parents to create a safe area for their child to play freely.”
Chirco said the idea of complimentary fence installation, now known as the Flutie Family Fence Project, came after repeated calls by parents, voicing their concerns about the issue. He put out a call to action for fence companies throughout the state, and Northeastern Fence stepped up to the plate...