Bruce and Erin Wilson started their charity “If I Need Help” out of a need to ensure the safety of their son Jay.
Jay is a low-verbal autistic young boy that went missing several times in the past.
This is every parent’s worst nightmare, even more so when your child is low-verbal or non-verbal and there is no way for them to communicate their needs and ask for help.
This inspired Erin and Bruce to find a way for at-risk individuals who cannot communicate, to “wear their information” instead; something that will provide key information about them and will quickly reunite them with their family and caregiver when they are found.
This idea birthed their charity “If I Need Help”. “If I Need Help” offers patches, pins and clips with individual codes and numbers that identifies the person.
You can download the app on any smart phone and scan the code which will then provide you with “live” contact information about the person.
Or enter the code into a secure website and view the profile of the individual and the contact information of their caregiver.
Here are just some of their products:
Some of the great advantages of this system are:
** Contact information in the profile can be changed in real time. Add or change parent, babysitter or teacher contact information as life happens
** The profile can be emailed to others if a search is needed. Others can see a picture along with contact, emergency and behavioral info
** Each Free IF I NEED HELP membership includes access to a secure password-protected site where important info such as medical records can be stored and accessed in an emergency.
** Will have ID cards, key chains (can be attached to zippers, backpacks etc.) and military style dog tags soon.
The great thing about “If I Need Help” is that it is not limited to special needs people. Any person who is at risk of wandering, has little to no verbal communication and who poses a risk at getting lost, or who cannot communicate during an emergency, will benefit tremendously with these products.
Their members include people with high functioning autism, diabetes, seizures, heart conditions, allergies and other conditions that keep them from being able to self advocate during a critical moment.
For more information and complete details on all of their products, please visit their website at “If I Need Help” and the following social media pages:
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