Child trying to open a cabinet door with a lock.Autism Spectrum Disorder & Safety

Safety is one of the most worrisome issues for parents of children with autism. Safety risks may become more magnified in children with autism due to their lack of awareness about their surroundings, limited communication, and sensory issues. At CARD-USF we provide resources focused on safety issues in general and by topic.

Your safety strategies begin with a call to CARD-USF!

Safety Resources Spotlight

Poison Safety Resource Magnet

Poison Safety Magnet

CARD Safety Kit

Medication Safety Tips

CARD Water Guardian

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CARD Water Guardian

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CARD-USF has developed several resource guides and social narratives for a wide variety of safety topics. Check them out in our downloadable resource library!

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Additional Safety Resources can be found by selecting the ‘Safety’ drop-down from 'Filter: Category' in the directory linked below.

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Wandering away from home, school or in the community can be dangerous for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. SafetyNet® Tracking Systems and Project Lifesaver are resources to help locate individuals who have wandered and may become lost. The best outcome is to prevent unsafe wandering whenever possible. Please visit our safety resources and create your own, or request a CARD Safety Kit (based on availability). CARD-USF is available to provide consultation with families to prevent unsafe wandering.

If you would like to enroll in SafetyNet® Tracking Systems, Project Lifesaver, or the program offered in your community, please contact the law enforcement lead in your city/county for more information. If you would like to provide financial support or learn more about bringing a program to your community, please contact the organization serving your area or CARD at Check with your local organization for enrollment requirements and fees. Technical assistance is also available for law enforcement agencies at no charge.

Cape Coral Police Department SealCape Coral Police Department
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Attn: Project Lifesaver Program
Contact: Patricia Lucas, Community Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (239) 574-0653

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office SealCharlotte County Sheriff’s Office
7474 Utilities Rd
Punta Gorda, FL 33982
Attn: Project Lifesaver Program
Contact: Tammy Wilkie, PL and Project Take Me Home Coordinator
Phone: (941) 575-5345

Red Dot Medical Information Program
Contact: Dee Hawkins-Garland, Public Relations/Education Coordinator
Phone: 941-833-5610

Collier County Sheriff Office SealClearwater Police Department
645 Pierce St.
Clearwater, FL 33756
Attn: SafetyNet™ Tracking Systems
Contact: Detective Sergeant Corey Lenczden
Phone: (727) 562-4385

Collier County Sheriff Office SealCollier County Sheriff's Office
3301 Tamiami Trail East, Bldg. J
Naples, FL 34112
Attn: Project Lifesaver Program
Contact: Jackie Borchers, CARE Program Coordinator
Phone: 239-252-0231

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office SealDeSoto County Sheriff's Office
208 East Cypress Street
Arcadia, Florida 34266
SafetyNet™ Tracking Systems
Captain Andrew Proudfit
Law Enforcement Commander
Phone: (863) 491-6716 X2242

Glades County Sheriff's Office SealGlades County Sheriff’s Office
1297 East State Road 78
Moore Haven, FL 33471

Hardee County Sheriff’s Office SealHardee County Sheriff’s Office
900 East Summit St
Wauchula, FL 33873
Attn: SafetyNet™ Tracking Systems
Contact: Lt. Dave Drake
Law Enforcement Commander
Phone: (863) 773-0304

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office SealHendry County Sheriff’s Office
101 S.Bridge Street
Labelle, FL 33935

Highlands Country Sheriff’s Office SealHighlands County Sheriff’s Office
434 Fernleaf Ave.
Sebring, Florida 33870
Attn: SafetyNet™ Tracking Systems
Contact: Jake Riley
Phone: (863) 402-7200

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office SealHillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
2310 N Falkenburg Rd
Tampa, FL 33619
Attn: SafetyNet™ Tracking Systems
Phone: 877-434-6384

Lee County Sheriff’s Office SealLake Placid Police Department
8 N. Oak Ave.
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Attn: SafetyNet™ Tracking Systems
Contact: Sergeant Stuart Troutman or Lieutenant Mark Schneider
Phone: (863) 699-3757

Lee County Sheriff’s Office SealLee County Sheriff’s Office
14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy.
Fort Myers, FL 33912-4406
ReUnite Program in partnership with the United Way
Contact: Amy Singer or Hannah Pelle
Phone: 239-433-2000

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office SealManatee County Sheriff’s Office
600 301 Blvd W #202
Bradenton, FL 34205
Contact: Lt. Mark Morie
Phone: (941) 747-3011 ext. 2500

Manatee County Search and Rescue SealManatee County Search and Rescue
7006 122nd Ave East
Parrish, FL 34219
Attn: Project Lifesaver
Contact: Sheena Leggett, PLS Administrator
Phone: (941) 254-6490 Ext. 104

Manatee County Search and Rescue SealNaples Police Department
355 Riverside Circle
Naples, FL
Attn: Project Lifesaver
Phone: (239) 213-4853

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office SealPasco County Sheriff’s Office
8700 Citizens Dr
New Port Richey, FL 34654
Attn: SafetyNet™ Tracking Systems
Angie Riley
Coordinator, SafetyNet® Tracking Systems

Pasco County Sheriff's Office
Phone: 727-844-7781
Autism Card program, contact Detective Shannon Henrici at

Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficePinellas County Sheriff’s Office
10750 Ulmerton Rd
Largo, FL. 33778
Attn: SafetyNet™ Tracking Systems
Phone: (877) 434-6384
Administration: (727) 582-6200
Contact: Sergeant Edie Darling (727) 582-5734

Polk County Sheriff's Office SealPolk County Sheriff’s Office
1891 Jim Keene Blvd
Winter Haven, FL 33880
Project Safe & Sound
Autism Decal Pogram

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office SealSarasota County Sheriff’s Office
Downtown: 2071 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34237
South Office: 4531 State Road 776
Venice, FL 34293

Sarasota Police Department SealSarasota Police Department
2099 Adams Lane
Sarasota, FL 34237
Attn: Project Lifesaver
Contact: Officer Robbins, Project Lifesaver Coordinator
Phone: (941) 263-6056
Amber Williams -

Tampa Police Department Tampa Police Department
411 North Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Attn: SafetyNet™ Tracking Systems
Phone: 877-434-6384
Help Us, Help You Program
Contact: Officer Gregory Cotner (
Phone: (813) 276-3536

Temple Terrace Police Department SealTemple Terrace Police Department
Temple Terrace Community Programs
Attn: SafetyNet™ Tracking Systems
Phone: (877) 434-6384