Join CafeMom Today! Autism Amber Alert: Dear IACC, Another Autism Wandering Drowning Death
AMBER Alerts are distributed via commercial radio stations, satellite radio, television stations, and cable TV by the Emergency Alert System and NOAA Weather Radio for child abductions only! Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are NOT included in the criteria for issuing an Amber Alert. This really needs to change.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dear IACC, Another Autism Wandering Drowning Death

Dear IACC Subcommittee on Safety Issues and Autism Spectrum Disorder,

This is why safety related issues should be included in your work!!!

Girl, 7, who drowned in Lawton had struggled to overcome autism

LAWTON — Doctors once said Savannah Martin would never talk, but she defied the early diagnosis and started to speak. Then she learned to read. She even tried to learn to swim.

But Sunday, Savannah, 7, who was autistic, slipped away from her home in Lawton and headed for a chilly pond nearby. Her brother, Tommy Martin, 2, who was wearing a bicycle helmet, may have followed her to the pond, said the children’s’ aunt, Ruth Sanchez, 35.

Savannah was found face down in the pond, which was about 50 yards from her home. Her brother was floating upright next to her, buoyed by the Styrofoam in his helmet.

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