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Project Lifesaver underway in Ottawa County
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Project Lifesaver underway in Ottawa County

From the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office:

Since 1970 April has been recognized as National Autism Awareness Month.  The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office along with the Autism Society of West Shore would like to take this time to alert Ottawa County residents of a joint effort between these two groups in respect to individuals with Autism.  With the assistance of the Autism Society of West Shore the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office received an equipment and training grant through Project Lifesaver.  This project was also assisted by private donations as well as local scholarships.

Project Lifesaver helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related cognitive conditions.  Through this grant the Ottawa Couty Sheriff's Office received two tracking devices and training for staff in the use of this equipment to assist in locating individuals that have wandered away. Project Lifesaver has over 1,200 participating agencies across the U.S., Canada, and Australia, and has performed 2,345 searches in the last 11 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported. 

To qualify for participation in Project Lifesaver here in Ottawa County you must meet the following requirements.
- Must live in Ottawa County
- Must wear the electronic bracelet
- Must be a subject that wanders
- Must live with a caregiver

* There is a minimal cost to participate.

For more information or to register please contact  the Autism Society of West Shore at 1-800-224-4208.

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