Welcome From CEO
Hi, I’m Justin Lewis . . . firefighter + dad to an amazing 8-year old boy with autism, named Jack.
You may know someone raising a child with autism, or, like me, you may be the parent of one . . . but did you know there are hidden dangers for autistic children, literally lurking right in your backyard? Chances are, these are just under your radar.
For a child like Jack, there’s about a 50% chance he’ll try to wander away from a safe environment–like his own home. Even scarier: Between 2009 and 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% of deaths reported in children with autism. And these statistics come straight from the National Autism Association.
Imagine how a simple pool fence could save the life of a child like Jack…
Or specialized autism training for firefighters and other professionals–another potent remedy, when you consider that half of all families with autistic children who wander, report never receiving advice from a professional. Unfortunately, most first responders haven’t been trained to properly serve children with special needs.
That’s why I founded Firefighters vs. Autism — an organization whose mission it is to end wandering related drownings and childhood deaths in the autism community.
With the help of good people like yourself, we pay for rescue swim lessons, pool fences, autism awareness training for first responders, equine therapy, and autism service dogs–all of which save lives of children with autism. Whether you’re the parent of a child with autism, know someone who is, or you’re a concerned citizen uncomfortable with the sobering statistics I’ve just shared, we need your help.
Please support us by making a contribution today; you can also order products from our online store, or sign up for helpful email updates from us. Thanks for stopping by and helping us save the lives of children with autism.
First Responders Fighting for Children with Special Needs
Through various fund raising events and merchandise sales, we are able to host workshops for first responders and care givers, provide swim lesson and drowning awareness opportunities to families impacted by Autism, pool fencing to families who cannot otherwise afford it, and community wandering awareness seminars as well as therapy events for those effected by Autism. We also provide education and/or counseling for those families dealing with an individual with Autism.
We are currently operating out of Tucson and southern Arizona but hope to expand into other communities across the nation. We also plan on donating to other 501C3’s that share in our organizations mission.