Article: Huffington Post: The SPECTRUM Alert: 8 Steps Schools Can Take to Prevent Autism-Elopement Tragedy
Most school districts do not have an elopement protocol. I can assert this as both a public-school educator of 18 years and as an autism-parent advocate. If you Google “school autism elopement plan,” the first one you’ll come up with is the original version of this one on my own blog. Schools typically address autistic elopement only in the context of a specific child in an IEP meeting — if they address it at all. And it’s not because they can’t afford to make such a plan; an effective protocol like the one I will propose here is mostly free. The reason schools don’t have one is simple: They don’t realize they need it.