AutismOklahoma’s program, Piece of Mind, will grant life-saving safety equipment to families with one or more children on the autism spectrum whose safety is at risk. Through an application process, qualifying families may receive a GPS tracking system. Initial gifts of tracking systems from K8e Bands. AutismOklahoma hopes that contributions and grants will allow for expansion into pool alarms, locks and other safety items.


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Oklahoma is no stranger to stories with tragic endings when children with autism wander. Recently, a child from Duncan wandered off and was found deceased in a creek after heroic searches. A group of parents and providers approached AutismOklahoma after this incident and started the conversation that created Piece of Mind.

If you would like your family to be considered for a grant, please complete and submit the application.

  • Deadline for grant period 1 is March 19, 2021.
  • Deadline for grant period 2 is September 24, 2021. 

The National Autism Society reports the following:

  • Nearly half of children with autism engage in wandering behavior and the risks increase with the severity of the autism
  • More than one third of children with autism who wander/elope are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number
  • Accidental drowning accounts for 71% of lethal outcomes, followed by traffic injuries at 18%, with other dangers include dehydration; heat stroke; hypothermia; falls; physical restraint; encounters with strangers

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If you would like your family to be considered for a grant, please complete and submit the application.

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Support for Drivers with Autism

Here are some tools for drivers who have autism that can be put in the visor or wallet. These tools provide a law officer with information about how a driver or passenger who has autism might react.

You can download these tools for safety and piece of mind.

Wallet Card

Visor-Dashboard Card Passenger

Visor-Dashboard Card Driver