Project Lifesaver

by Autism Pensacola, Incorporated
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Project Lifesaver
Project Lifesaver
Project Lifesaver


Project Lifesaver is a program for individuals with developmental disabilities who are at risk of wandering. This program is available in both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Northwest Florida and is offered to those with a developmental disability, based on prioritization of risk factors. Project Lifesaver is a program that features bracelets that emit a radio signal that search and rescue personnel can use to track and locate an individual who is missing.

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Those with autism who wander are often misunderstood by those who come in contact with them, resulting in unfortunate and preventable situations. A survey conducted by the National Autism Association shows that 92% of respondents reported that their child with autism was at risk for wandering. Children and adults with autism who wander are often attracted to water sources such as pools, ponds, or lakes, resulting in drowning as a leading cause of death for this population.


Project Lifesaver is a program that features bracelets that emit a radio signal that search and rescue personnel can use to track and locate the individual who is missing. This radio signal can be found anywhere. The child who wanders has a rate of being found within 30 min. Gives a peace of mind to parents and caregivers with children and adults who wander. Knowing that there is extra protection for a individual who does not know their own safety or surroundings.

Long-Term Impact

Project Lifesaver's program has helped provide thousands of families ease their thinking of knowing that their loved ones has protection and safety in case they wander. Provides a timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children with cognitive conditions who wander. This program also provides a basic understanding of cognitive conditions for the first responders. Project Lifesaver is a trusted program, dedicated to protecting individuals.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Organization Information

Autism Pensacola, Incorporated

Location: Pensacola, FLORIDA - USA
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Autism Pensacola, Incorporated
Cate Merrill
Project Leader:
Cate Merrill
Pensacola , FLORIDA United States

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