Autism occurs in approximately one in 150 births. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability with a 10-17% annual growth rate.
About 90 percent of autistic children are prone to wandering off from home, school, or a group situation. This is known as elopement and unfortunately, it is a very common problem. It is very risky for people with autism who are often unable to communicate where they live or even their name.
As children become teens, and teens become adults, more and more will be placed in group home living environments. There the problem of elopement is especially difficult for the team caring for the people with autism, and for the parents and family of the group home resident.
Wandering autistic children (and adults) are another group who could benefit greatly from the sentryGPSid personal location device.