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Autism Society of America Joins MedicAlert Foundation to offer MedicAlert(R) + Safe and Sound(R) - 24-Hour Comprehensive Protection System
Date:4/7/2009

Program designed to benefit individuals with autism and their families

TURLOCK, Calif., April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Autism Society of America (ASA), the leading grassroots autism organization and MedicAlert, a leader in providing identification and emergency medical information services, have teamed up to provide a 24-hour comprehensive protection system for individuals on the spectrum and their families through the MedicAlert(R) + Safe and Sound(R) program.

"We are delighted by our new relationship with ASA" said Dr. Martin Kabat, President and CEO of MedicAlert. "MedicAlert was originally founded to protect children in times of medical emergencies and we believe this program goes right to the heart of our mission and history. ASA also has a history of outstanding efforts to advocate for children and adults with autism; therefore we are honored to have the opportunity to work in partnership with them."

The MedicAlert + Safe and Sound program will provide comprehensive services that can safeguard and identify individuals with autism in an emergency. Each individual enrolled in the program will be provided with a personalized medical ID and wallet card that provide emergency responders with identification information, and details on any critical medical conditions or life-threatening allergies. All calls to the 24/7 hotline are answered by MedicAlert staff who provide identification and vital medical information to first responders.

The MedicAlert + Safe and Sound program also ensures that designated family members will be notified if an individual requires emergency medical treatment in a caregiver's absence. Through the program, parents and caregivers will have the reassurance that any time a lost person wearing a MedicAlert ID has been located or rescued, MedicAlert will contact them immediately.

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