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Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Emergency Planning Resources

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Devices, Apps, Assistive Technology

The products presented on this list represent a sampling of the devices, applications, or assistive technology that are available and may be useful and helpful as emergency planning tools. Please remember that there is no single device, application, or type of assistive technology that has universal application. These are offered as possible solutions; there are many others and many others will continue to be developed. A product's inclusion on this list does not, in any way, constitute a recommendation or endorsement of that product.

Product

Overview

A Child is Missing Alert
http://www.achildismissing.org/

Product Type: Service
Cost: Free
Primary User: First Responder
User Needs: Alert Messaging

 

ACIM (a non-profit organization) will make alert calls (when requested by law enforcement) to the last seen areas, to help find missing persons who can't make rational decisions for themselves. Citizens can sign-up to receive alerts for their area.

Unlike Amber Alerts that respond only to child abduction, local police may use ACIM at their discretion.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=UhWXLHdSQwM

Amber Alert GPS
https://www.amberalertgps.com/

Product Type: App (iOS, Blackberry & Android), Device, Service
Cost: $179.99 (device) – Basic service $9.99 per month;
premium unlimited service $19.99 per month
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Alert Messaging, GPS/Cell Phone

Locate via App or computer; live tracking via App or computer; voice monitoring; predator alert notifies parent if child comes within 5,000 feet of registered predator's residence; SOS button; safe zone – set virtual boundaries and receive alert if child strays.

Includes app for mobile tracking.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=lvDx03gnrNc

Autism 5-Point Scale EP
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/autism-5-point-scale-ep/id467303313?mt=8

Product Type: App (iOS)
Cost: Free
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Info Sharing

The 5-Point Scale is a tool that can be used to teach social and emotional concepts to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and help them recognize different levels of stress and anxiety. A tech app has been created, based on the 5-Point Scale, that can be used to identify and convey stress and anxiety levels in emergency situations. "Autism 5-Point Scale EP" is available free of charge at the Apple Store. The app name is "Help-4-Me!"

Important Note: The "Autism Help! (5-Point Emergency Planning)" app has been updated to be compatible with iOS 8 and is available at the iTunes App Store.

Care Trak
http://www.caretrak.com/index.asp

Product Type: Device
Cost: Emergency Response Team Package $4,995;
Home System Package $699 (special offer/limited time)
Primary User: Home System/Police System
User Needs: Telemetry

Transmitter (waterproof) bracelet emits frequency number unique to wearer. Tracking range: up to one mile. (Weather and terrain may interfere with tracking.) A hand-held directional antenna used to locate missing person. An audible chirp and LED help with night time use.

Transmitters may also be located in belts, shoes or other places when a wrist application is not possible. Battery lasts approximately 2 months. Replacement batteries cost $3.29 sold by Care Trak. Company also sells perimeter system packaged with home system for $999 (limited time offer)

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l06FTtwS4xE

Child ID Bracelet
http://www.mypreciouskid.com/
child-id-bracelet.html

Product Type: Device
Cost: $11.99 to $13.99
Primary User:
User Needs: Medical/Info Sharing

Velcro bracelet discreetly stores ID and important information

Dial Safe Pro
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dialsafe-pro/id438306615?mt=8

Product Type: App (iOS)
Cost: $0.99
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Medical/Info Sharing, Alert Messaging

Dial Safe Pro, a tech app, is a teaching tool for how to call someone in case of emergency and what to expect when 9-1-1 is called. The app is available at iTunes. PLEASE NOTE: This is not a free app; there is a $0.99 charge.

Emergency Alert Key Clip
http://www.nationalemergencyid.com/
products.php?item=92

Product Type: Device
Cost: $10.00
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs:

The Emergency Alert Key Tag is an alternative or additional way to protect loved ones in the event of an emergency.

Emergency Panic Button Alert
https://play.google.com/store/apps/
details?id=com.incorporateapps.emergency

Product Type: App (Android)
Cost: $2.71
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Medical/Info Sharing, Alert Messaging

Improve your own safety by installing our emergency alert button and let everybody know you are in trouble by letting the app send a short alert notification to your friends or family via email or SMS/text message and calling a number with a simple push of the power or soft widget button.

Firefly High-Viz Stickpack
http://www.roadid.com/Common/
Catalog.aspx?C=Firefly#12

Product Type: Device
Cost: $5.00
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs:

Reflective material that has an adhesive backing that sticks to most all surfaces – bike, shoes, helmet, jacket, and other gear – to increase visibility.

Firefly Shoe Laces
http://www.roadid.com/Common/
Catalog.aspx?C=Firefly#8

Product Type: Device
Cost: $5.00
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs:

Glow in dark shoe laces.

Glympse
http://www.glympse.com/

Product Type: App (iOS, Android, Windows Mobile)
Cost: Free
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: GPS

Glympse™ is a groundbreaking new way to share your location with anyone for a specified period of time using patent-pending GlympseWatch™ timer.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=wg-MsCQJ6n4

GoTalkPocket
http://www.attainmentcompany.com/
product.php?productid=16585

Product Type: Device
Cost: $200.00
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Communication

AAC device.

ICE
http://www.appventive.com/ice

Product Type: App (Android)
Cost: $3.99
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Medical/Info Sharing, Alert Messaging

Store emergency contacts, insurance and medical information.

iCommunicate
http://www.grembe.com/home

Product Type: App (iOS)
Cost: $34.99 - $49.99 for iPad
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Communication, Social Skills

App for iOS allows user to create communication and social storyboards.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=4FkSNMLVlmk

iPrompts
http://www.handholdadaptive.com/
iPrompts.html

Product Type: App (iOS)
Cost: $49.99
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Social Skills

iPrompts® is used by thousands of caregivers around the world to create and present visual schedules, timers, and choices to those with autism spectrum disorders. Supported by U.S. Department of Education-sponsored research, iPrompts® contains a suite of visual support tools designed to improve attention to task, increase understanding of upcoming events, smooth transitions to new environments, and empower visual thinkers to stay organized and communicate preferences.

Check out "iPrompts Demonstration (2013)" by HandHold Adaptive on Vimeo. http://vimeo.com/62183795

iSocial

Product Type: Service
Cost: Consumer
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs:
Social Skills, Preparedness Training

iSocial Project is researching and developing the use of virtual environment for training youth diagnosed with ASD to promote learning of social competence that can be applied in real world settings.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=aCts-2VJGOI

iTriage
http://www.itriagehealth.com/get-mobile

Product Type: App (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Palm, Web)
Cost: Free
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Preparedness Training

Information on thousands of symptoms, diseases, and medical procedures. Nationwide directory of hospitals and urgent care, and pharmacies. ER wait times. GPS directions.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=i1qBpHIYJ98

Life Gear Flashlight/Glow Stick
http://www.lifegearcompany.com/
glowsticks/index.html

Product Type: Device
Cost:
$6.00
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs:

Flashlight, glow stick

Living Safely
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/living-safely/
id396774523?mt=8

Product Type: App (iOS)
Cost:
$34.99
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs:

Living Safely provides self-directed learning sessions for 27 important safety skills topics based on proven content developed by the Attainment Company.

Loc8or
http://childlocator.com

Product Type: Device
Cost: $169.95
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Alert Messaging, Radio frequency + unspecified "new technologies"

Handheld device (looks like a small remote with LCD screen) has two modes: locate and alert. Locate mode provide voice and visual directions to tagged item. Alert mode lets user set a defined safe zone activating an audio and vibrating alarm if items leaves safe zone. Alert mode also allows the holder to activate a panic alert if help is needed.

This device is marketed as a method of locating, "personal property, pets and children." Maximum range 600 feet. Actual range may be less depending upon specific situation. Uses 2 AAA batteries.

Locators (Brickhouse)
https://www.brickhousesecurity.com

Product Type: Device
Cost:
Varies
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs:

Short range locators, including Giggle Bug Child Locator ("Locate Your Child with the Push of a Button Up to 150 Feet Away") and Toddler Tag Child Locator ("Find Your Child Instantly with the Touch of a Button, Up to 150 Feet Away").

MedTag
http://resqrsoftware.com/medtag.php

Product Type: App (iOS)
Cost: $ .99 iOS App
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Medical/Info Sharing, Preparedness Training

App provides access to personal medical and insurance information, as well as, step-by-step instructions on how to respond to 30+ medical emergencies.

Android app in development. Site offers other products for PocketPC, /Mac & Windows Desktop.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=3vv4tEMQ2F4

My Locator
http://www.nationalemergencyid.com/
products.php?item=51

Product Type: Device
Cost:
$20.00
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs:

Short range locator – credit card size transmitter and key chain

Phrazer
http://www.myphrazer.com

Product Type: Device
Cost:
Primary User: Health Care Provider, Caregiver
User Needs: Medical/Info Sharing

 

Phrazer is a multilingual medical communication system. The device collects information and a medical history, and then creates a medical record compatible with major EMR systems.
http://www.myphrazer.com/phrazer-product

Pocket First Aid & CPR
(American Heart Association)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/
pocket-first-aid-cpr-from/
id294351164?mt=8

Product Type: App (iOS)
Cost: $3.99
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Preparedness Training

American Heart Association's Pocket First Aid & CPR provides up-to-date emergency information including first aid procedures, first aid kit checklist, save your medical information for quick retrieval, look up your doctor or emergency contacts with a single click, and store your insurance information for easy access.

Project Lifesaver
http://www.projectlifesaver.org

Product Type: Device, Service
Cost: Varies depending upon local agency participation
Primary User: Consumer and First responder
User Needs: Medical/Info Sharing, Telemetry

Project Lifesaver Program works in collaboration with local police/first responders. If program is available locally, an enrollment request may be submitted. Person wears a transmitter around wrist/ankle. If person wanders, caregiver notifies local Project Lifesaver agency to activate transmitter and initiate search.

Project Lifesaver and Safety Net (see below) are two different programs that use the same equipment/product. Terms of service agreements differ between the two programs.

St. Paul Police and surrounding metro police appear to already be participating in this program. Project Lifesaver contacts at St Paul Police Department are Officer Lisa Kruse 651-266-5644 and Officer Chris Stark 651.266.5960.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=x2uPG_h7z0I

Remember the Milk
http://www.rememberthemilk.com

Product Type: App (iOS, Android, Web)
Cost: Lite version - FREE, premium version $1.99
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Medical/Info Sharing

To-do List. Use to-do lists to create personalized emergency checklists.

SafeKidZone
http://safekidzone.com

Product Type: App, Service
Cost: 4-tiers: Free, $9.95, $12.95, Corporate – call for quote
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Alert Messaging, GPS

Service provides web and phone app, which provides access to safety network of family and friends, response call center and (when appropriate) 911 via a panic button installed on cell or smart phone. Additional safety information such as known sex offenders in area is also available.

Works with most cell and smart phones. No age restriction – app may be used by children young and old.

SafetyNet by LoJack
http://www.lojack.com/safetynet/
Pages/index.aspx

Product Type: Service
Cost: $99 +$10 shipping for band; $30 monthly service fee.
Primary User: Consumer and First Responder
User Needs: Radio Frequency

Transmitter band may be worn around wrist or ankle. Local police track bands unique radio frequency to locate missing person.

Radio frequency not hampered by dense woods. Band and battery should be changed every month. SafetyNet is available through the St. Paul Police Department. More information is available by calling 1-877-434-6384, M - F (8AM - 6PM), and Saturday 9AM - 5PM EST.

Safety Net is available free of charge to law enforcement and public safety agencies.

SecuraTrac
http://www.securatrac.com/landing/
kids_landing.php?
gclid=CM6mhciF9aYCFY64KgodYUUzCA

Product Type: Device
Cost: Buy: $157.88 plus $18.88 monthly service fee.
Rent: $19.99 plus $9.99 per day.
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Alert Messaging, GPS/Cell Phone

Small device placed in pocket or backpack. Transmitter allows real time tracking. Other features include: setting geofence safe zones, SOS button, satellite map dashboard.

Shoe ID
http://www.roadid.com/Common/
Catalog.aspx?C=RoadID#3

Product Type: Device
Cost:
$20.00
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs:

Strap laser engraved ID tag to running, walking, or cycling shoe.

SmartICE
http://www.ems-options.com/Products/smartICE.aspx

Product Type: App (iOS)
Cost: $.99
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Medical/Info Sharing, Alert Messaging

smartICE™ is a must have application in the event of a medical emergency! Whether you are unconscious or just nervous, this program will store the necessary medical information in an easily accessible format and alert EMS personnel if you become unconscious. This application has the capability of storing more than just the basic information needed to treat you on the scene of your emergency; smartICE™ helps you keep track of your medications, past medical conditions, allergies and much, much more.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=-D67xsHVQBA

Stories2Learn
http://itunes.apple.com/us/
app/stories2learn/id348576875?mt=8

Product Type: App (iOS)
Cost: $13.99
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Social Skills Preparedness Training

Create personalized stories for iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) using photos, text and audio. May be used to teach/reinforce social skills.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=zRb3GguSRvY

Talking Photo Album
http://www.attainmentcompany.com/
product.php?productid=16163&cat=0&page=1

Product Type: Device
Cost:
$30.00
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Communication

AAC device. Easy-to-use speech output album that holds standard 4" x 6" photos. The Talking Photo Album includes a total of 24 pages, each with a individual message capacity of 10 seconds. Insert photos or picture/text cards into the transparent sleeves and record corresponding messages. User squeezes Play button to activate speech.

Tap to Talk
http://www.taptotalk.com

Product Type: App (iOS, Android, Web, Nintendo)
Cost: App is free, $99 for Tap to Talk Designer Software
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Communication

Customizable communication software runs on a variety of devices including Nintendo DS devices.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/
user/taptotalk

Tattoos with a Purpose
http://www.tattooswithapurpose.com

Product Type:
Cost: $9.99 /pk of 6
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Medical/Info Sharing

Temporary ID tattoos. Sells a variety of temporary tattoos including one that reads "I have Autism. If I am lost please help me be found – (insert phone #)".

Track Me360
http://www.trackme360.com/index.php

Product Type: Device, Service
Cost: Rent or buy.
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs: Satellite

Rent or buy. May be appropriate for temporary need such as when camping or traveling.

Visual Assistant
http://www.ablelinktech.com

Product Type: App (Pocket PC)
Cost: $499 (software only)
Primary User: Consumer
User Needs:

Create personalized step-by-step instructions using video and audio.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=01DtwpHowws

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