Autism Society Acadiana to provide GPS tracking devices to families

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 19:24:00-05

LAFAYETTE – Autism Society Acadiana (AS Acadiana) is launching Project Keep Our Kids Safe, which will provide over 80 AngelSense GPS tracking devices to local families with children on the autism spectrum who wander or run off.

The device’s activation fee and monitoring services will be included for three months. Families who receive a device will be responsible for maintaining the service after the initial period.

Applications are currently being accepted from AS Acadiana members. Applications will be accepted from the community for any remaining devices later this year.

The first GPS device was presented to an AS Acadiana family at a press conference Tuesday morning.

The Stuller Family Foundation, the Christy Squittiere Genske Memorial Fund, and community donations are helping fund the project.

“Being able to provide those devices and being able to have that device gives parents a little more security, a little more comfort that their child, if they do run off, they’ll be able to find them and get them home safe,” said Robyn Blackwell with AS Acadiana.