The Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration is a working group of six national non-profit autism organizations whose mission is to prevent autism-related wandering incidents and deaths.


The AWAARE Collaboration will work to prevent wandering incidents and wandering-related deaths within the autism community through the use of collective organizational resources, and by establishing and monitoring objectives, guidelines, policies, and tools that will promote awareness, education, prevention and safety.


  • AWAARE will be responsible for:
  • Establishing a working plan to include action items and goals that will serve to reduce and prevent wandering-related incidents and deaths
  • Utilizing joint resources to execute action items and goals
  • Promoting awareness of autism-wandering prevention, safety, and missing persons alerts
  • Educating the autism community, medical community, educators, first responders, lawmakers, media, and general public about autism elopement and deaths associated with wandering
  • Establishing working relationships with health agencies and assisting in data collection efforts when necessary
  • Working to establish diagnostic coding and insurance coverage for tracking and other safety devices
  • Establishing recommendations for tracking technology
  • Establishing and/or disseminating wandering prevention information, safety tips and safety tools
  • Working on policy items associated with wandering prevention and response, including network communication alert systems
  • Working on obtaining federal grant funds for first-responder training and tracking technology that will help prevent wandering-related incidents and deaths
  • Promoting the collaboration’s mission

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 Autism Speaks


Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism


HollyRod Foundation


National Autism Association


Talk About Curing Autism


AWAARE Working Group Members

  • Teri Arranga, AutismOne
  • Chris Chirco, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
  • Wendy Fournier, National Autism Association
  • Moira Giammatteo, Talk About Curing Autism
  • Lisa Goring, Autism Speaks
  • Lori McIlwain, National Autism Association
  • Lori Schulman, HollyRod Foundation
  • Rita Shreffler, National Autism Association
  • Alison Singer, Autism Science Foundation

AWAARE Supporting Organizations


For questions or inquiries, please contact The National Autism Association.

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