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Monday, August 29, 2016

Elopement-Awareness and Grace

It happened again.

Lauren eloped at a mall over the weekend. She was gone for an hour. The police found her. She didn't even know she was lost and was very excited to tell me that she got to see a police man. The rest of us were VERY shaken up, this will take us a long while to recover from.

We ordered her an Angel Sense GPS tracking system that should hopefully arrive very soon. I will be sure to post a review once we've had it and used it awhile. (Not sponsored of course, nobody cares that much about my opinion!)

This is something that has a lot of public awareness for kids with autism. Not so much for kids with other disabilities!

We need to all live in grace with this issue. A child can slip away in an instant. Especially a child with about zero impulse control and no sense of danger. When that little boy fell into the Gorilla pit at the zoo my mind immediately went to my Lauren.

We already have an Alert Me band with our phone numbers on it. It also says, "I have special needs" and "Please call if I am lost". Hopefully this GPS tracking device never needs to be used to locate her, but chances are it will.

This part of special needs parenting is hard. I am so thankful for our village.

1 comment:

  1. I believe there is legislation currently before the house of representatives to pass Avonte & Kevin's Law— A law that would support federal dollars to law-enforcement to provide GPS tracking systems for those with autism and similar disabilities like down's syndrome. Thanks for bringing more awareness to this issue, Jackie! https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/07/15/wandering-bill-senate-approval/22490/