Vivint Smart Home and the National Autism Association Team Up to Protect Children with Autism

Smart home technology can help prevent wandering

PROVO, Utah–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vivint Smart Home, the leading smart home services provider in North
America, today announced a sponsorship for the National Autism
Association (NAA), the leading organization for autism-related wandering
prevention and response. As the official corporate safety sponsor,
Vivint Smart Home has pledged $75,000 in 2017 to support NAA’s programs
that provide direct assistance and free resources to help families,
schools and first responders keep individuals with autism safe.


The NAA will use the donation primarily to fund its safety programs
including the Big Red Safety Box, a free toolkit for families who have
children with autism. The toolkit helps educate, raise awareness, and
provides vital safety tools to help caregivers prevent and respond to
wandering-related emergencies.

One in 68 children in the U.S. has been identified with autism spectrum
disorder.* Studies show that nearly half of children with autism attempt
to wander or bolt from a safe, supervised place, with a substantial
number at risk for bodily harm.** The NAA encourages parents with
children on the spectrum to implement a multi-layered approach to safety
and to diligently monitor their children’s attempts to leave home
unexpectedly.

Smart home systems can alert parents when children with autism attempt
to wander from safety. By monitoring key exit and entry points with
smart sensors and cameras, smart home technology provides parents peace
of mind and greater capacity to keep their children in a safe,
supervised environment. Vivint Smart Home offers discounted smart home
systems for families who have children with autism, providing an
affordable and effective solution for those in need.

“Vivint Smart Home is dedicated to helping families keep their loved
ones safe and secure,” said Holly Mero-Bench, director of charitable
giving at Vivint Smart Home. “We are champions of families with autism
at Vivint because we know a smart home is equipped to address their
unique challenges. We look forward to working with the National Autism
Association and furthering their mission to respond to the most urgent
needs of the autism community.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Vivint Smart Home as our official corporate
safety partner,” said Wendy Fournier, president of NAA. “Together we
will host a nationwide webinar March 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET. With 58 percent
of parents identifying wandering as the most stressful ASD-related
behavior, this webinar will educate caregivers on how smart home
technology can provide an added layer of security to their efforts in
preventing dangerous wandering incidents.”

To register for the March 30 webinar, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4732762421145515010

For more information about how a Vivint smart home can benefit families
with autism, visit vivint.com/autism.

* https://www.cdc.gov/features/new-autism-data/index.html

** http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/5/870

About National Autism Association (NAA)

Founded in 2003, NAA is a parent-run advocacy organization and the
leading voice on urgent issues related to autism safety, autism abuse,
crisis prevention, and autism-related wandering prevention and response.
Over the last several years, NAA has provided $100,000 to law
enforcement agencies for personal locating devices and training through
its FOUND program, distributed over 30,000 wandering-prevention safety
boxes to autism families, and created AWAARE.org. Please visit awaare.org for
wandering-prevention resources.

About Vivint Smart Home

Vivint Smart Home is the leading provider of smart home services in
North America. Vivint delivers an integrated smart home system with
in-home consultation, professional installation and support delivered by
its Smart Home Pros, as well as 24-7 customer care and monitoring.
Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent products
and services, Vivint serves more than one million customers throughout
the U.S. and Canada. Since 2008, Vivint employees and owners have
donated more than $10 million and 150,000 service hours to local
communities, as well as those in need around the world. For more
information, visit www.vivint.com.

Contacts

Vivint Public Relations
Cameron Fuller, 801-331-7945
cameron.fuller@vivint.com