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Today is National Autism Awareness Day

Today is National Autism Awareness Day

Today is #NationalAutismAwarenessDay If you have a loved one that wanders due to autism or other cognitive disorders, we have programs that can help!

Handicap Elderly Lost Persons #HELP The Quincy Police Department has established an innovative program available to citizens of any age, who may have a tendency to wander from their home, community program or medical facility in Quincy. Possible reasons for wandering are Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Autism.

This program is also available to those with other medical issues, as well as the mentally challenged. The purpose of this program is to assist the Police and other emergency personnel in locating and returning these citizens home safely.

The HELP program is free and it is simple to register. An officer will set up an appointment with the individual to take a digital photo and then complete the application. Each individual will receive a gray rubber bracelet with the inscription, “H.E.L.P. (617) 479-1212.” With this information, the Police Department could locate the missing person quicker by distributing the individual's picture and information to Patrol Officers and emergency personnel. Ideally, a citizen, who recognizes that an individual is having a problem and is wearing the bracelet, would call the Quincy Police. Officers will be able to cross reference the information and safely return the individual to their home or medical facility.

#ProjectLifesaver: Project Lifesaver is part of a national program to locate and rescue missing persons who have wandered due to “Alzheimer’’ or related conditions such as autism and/or dementia. Electronic tracking is used by trained Officers to locate a missing person enrolled in the program. The Quincy Police Department has a 100% success rate in returning loved ones back to their families.

For more information, contact Lt. Dan Minton at dminton@quincyma.gov or 617.745.5719.