The Autism Alliance of Michigan is rolling out a statewide program to help families keep track of their autistic child through the use of the Eyez-On EZ100 Personal Emergency Notifier and GPS tracker.
Parents can set up any number of zones that the wearer is allowed to be in or not be in, and if the device goes outside of a safe zone or into an unsafe zone, an e-mail or text message is sent. For parents of children who wander off, this is peace of mind.
Parents can track their child in real time, knowing the precise location and speed. Warnings can be sent if the speed is too fast (if they got into an unknown vehicle).
The EZ100 also has an emergency button that the child can press.
Wandering is one problem that has beset families of a child with autism. Suddenly disappearing from sight and not being able to ask for help or figure their way out of a tough spot puts such children in grave danger.
According to the Lansing State Journal, a 2012 pilot program was successful enough such that the alliance will distribute the devices to ten families this year to determine if the program will succeed.
The price tag of the EZ100 is $250 plus a $25 set-up fee and a monthly service fee around $20+.
Eyez-On, a security device company based in Ontario, introduced the device in 2010 for use with people who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s, Down’s Syndrome and autism, as well as with emergency workers, lone workers and others who might be isolated for long periods of time. It can also be used with valuable items such as a car or boat.