Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S., affecting 1 in 150 children. A recent survey by the National Autism Association found that 92% of respondents said their autistic child was at risk of wandering. This poses a great risk as these children are often unable to communicate where they live or even their name.
Recently, a new technology device was introduced to the market to help parents and caregivers with this problem. EmFinders EmSeeQ (pronounced m-seek) is a watch-like wearable device and service that works directly with our nation’s 9-1-1 system and caregivers to immediately locate adults and children with cognitive disabilities who wander (www.emfinders.com).
Leigh Dusek, mother of five year old son Noah who has autism, has firsthand knowledge of the product. “When you have a child who likes to wander, you live with fear. Even if you are holding onto him, it takes seconds for him to slip right out and disappear. EmSeeQ gives us peace of mind knowing he can be found no matter where he is.”
For further peace of mind, a “two handed clasp” version is available so that the child cannot remove the device on his or her own. When a child’s life is on the line, every second counts. Stories of autistic children and adults who wander are happening in the news every day and often, the consequences are tragic.
EmFinders™ is a technology company with a single focus: the rapid location and recovery of wandering or missing adults and children. Our first product consists of an affordable wearable device and activation service, which are linked to 911 emergency response systems. It takes advantage of existing cellular telephone location technology, which already is in place in 90 percent of the USA. EmFinders will introduce this device and location service first in Texas by spring of 2009.
EmFinders was founded in 2007 by the team of Jim Nalley and Chris Buehler, who together have over 40 years of experience in the communications industry. The company is a “graduate” of the North Texas Enterprise Center for Medical Technology (NTEC) in Frisco, Texas north of Dallas.