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MedicAlert Foundation and Autism Society Launch New Program to Safeguard Individuals and Families Living With Autism
Date:7/14/2009

The Safe and Sound(R) Safety Management and the MedicAlert(R) Emergency Response programs are working together to help emergency responders better serve the autism community

TURLOCK, Calif., July 14( )/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MedicAlert Foundation International, the leader in emergency response medical information services, has teamed up with the Autism Society to provide protection and peace of mind through a new program, Medic Alert + Safe and Sound(R), offered under the respective registered trademarks of the cooperating sponsors. The official launch of the program will take place at the Autism Society's 40th National Conference at the Pheasant Run Resort and Spa in St. Charles, IL from July 22-25.

MedicAlert Foundation and the Autism Society will host a Safe and Sound(R) training session on the first day of the conference from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The training will educate first responders and law enforcement on autism behaviors and characteristics, and how to work proactively with families, advocacy organizations, and school systems.

"It is often difficult to tell if someone is on the autism spectrum," said Lee Grossman, President and CEO of the Autism Society, who has a son with autism. "They may not be able to express what's wrong or might show signs of unusual behavior, causing medical issues to be incorrectly diagnosed. Having autism engraved on a well known identifier such as the MedicAlert ID enables first responders, who are helping a patient on the spectrum; know exactly what they're dealing with."

Once identified, first responders can call MedicAlert's 24-hour Emergency Response Center to get information about the individual. Additionally, through MedicAlert's 24-hour Family Notification Service, family members are immediately notified about the emergency.

According to the Autism Society, an estimated 1.5 million
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