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The Northwest Arkansas Program for the prevention of wandering, injuries and death of individuals with dementia, autism and other related conditions.

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $150,000)

The purpose of the Northwest Arkansas (NWA) Kevin and Avonte Project for the prevention of wandering, eloping, injuries, and death of individuals with dementia, autism, and other related conditions is to increase the capacity of the community, schools, law enforcement, and first responders to support individuals diagnosed with any of the four main types of developmental disorders including nervous system disabilities, sensory-related disabilities, metabolic disabilities, and degenerative disorder to develop the skills and the support system to proactively prevent through planning and creating safety plans and response plans implementing the LifeCourse model and utilizing the Charting the LifeCourse platform. In addition, the program will focus on increasing the public awareness of the issue through informative talks and training and also inviting them to get involved in the planning and supporting and to strengthen our first responders, law enforcement, and school to effectively respond to any adverse related events, in addition, the program will look to build a strong relationship between different community agencies and the diverse population in NWA. The program will evaluate its success through the collection and analysis of data, giving staff the ability to monitor and adjust the program’s performance and subsequently increase its impact on our community and all involved parts.

Date Created: September 27, 2022