Join CafeMom Today! Autism Amber Alert: Special autism alert sought for wandering
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.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Special autism alert sought for wandering

Special alert sought

A Kansas group wants law enforcement agencies to issue a special alert when someone with autism or a similar condition wanders away from a caretaker. The Mason Allen Medlam Foundation has gathered 11,000 signatures from people who support the creation of a Mason Alert, founder Sheila Mason said. Mason, of Colwich, Kan., is the mother of Mason Medlam, 5, who drowned in July after wandering from his home. She said she hopes to get 15,000 signatures and get an alert created. “The whole point is to keep these kids alive,” Medlam said. “Once they start to wander they are attracted to water.” Drowning is a leading cause of preventable death among autistic children, she said. There are 770,000 autistic children under age 18 in the United States. The petition can be signed at

Beth Martin, 31, mother of Savannah Martin, 7, a girl who drowned in Lawton in February

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