A $50,000 donation of security and smart home products to families of children with autism was announced by Vivint, a leading provider of smart home technology on august 26.
Vivint is an official corporate safety sponsor of the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, Autism Speaks. This donation is part of the $300,000 Vivint has pledged over three years for technology and home safety research.
Sixteen families have been selected by Autism Speaks to receive Vivint security and smart home systems. The chosen recipients are those who are active volunteers with the organization, demonstrate financial need and have a child with autism who wanders.
The risk of children with autism wandering away from home can be reduced significantly with Vivint technology and aids in giving the family members peace of mind. Close to half the children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) try to wander off from a safe environment, a rate that is 4 times higher than unaffected siblings. Wandering is one of the most stressful ASD behaviors ranked by parents according to research from the Interactive Autism Network.
If a specific door has been opened a Vivint system will alert the parents immediately showing the right direction if their child has left the home. Those first few minutes can be life saving. Parents can also monitor their homes using a smart phone, even while they are away.
"As experts in smart home technology, Vivint is excited to bring the benefits of our technology to deserving families," said Holly Mero-Bench, director of Vivint Gives Back. "Vivint believes that home is one place where families should not have to worry about the safety of their children."
Vivint will provide free, professional installation of each Vivint system (valued at over $3,000), which includes the Vivint SkyControl panel, automatic door lock, door and window sensors, motion detector, indoor cameras, doorbell camera, smoke detector and 24 months of free monitoring, after which families can continue with a special Vivint Gives Back rate.
"We are grateful to Vivint for its commitment to the autism community," said Lisa Goring, executive vice president of Autism Speaks. "Safety is a priority for all parents, but for parents of children with autism, it is a critical concern. Innovative technology can help to keep children with autism safe in their own homes."