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April is Autism Awareness Month

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Sheriff DeMarco Highlights Project Lifesaver to Aid Caregivers
YAPHANK, NY-- April is not only Autism Awareness Month, it’s typically a time when people begin to spend more time outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather. However, for a parent or guardian of a child with autism, a trip to the local park or downtown might cause significant safety concerns because children with autism have a tendency to wander off.

Pictured is a Project Lifesaver Transmitter on a client's wrist.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office offers a program that could help alleviate some of the stress associated with wandering behavior, and Sheriff Vincent DeMarco is urging parents to call his office to learn more about its Project Lifesaver initiative.

Project Lifesaver is a countywide emergency response locator service capable of finding individuals if they wander and become lost. Clients wear a personalized one ounce battery operated transmitter bracelet which emits a tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. Transmitters are smaller than a quarter and each transmitter has its own unique frequency. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Project Lifesaver personnel are specially trained, not only in search and rescue with the use of the electronic tracking equipment, but also in the methods necessary to communicate with a person who has a cognitive impairment such as Autism, or other mental challenges.

“If you or someone you know could benefit from this lifesaving technology, we urge you to call us for more information. It could literally save a life,” said Sheriff DeMarco.

To be eligible for Project Lifesaver, clients must be a resident of Suffolk County and have a cognitive impairment diagnosis that is confirmed by a physician.

For more information about the program, visit our Project Lifesaver page, or call the Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver Bureau at (631) 852-3003.


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