Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Autistic Halifax Teen Jennifer Graves-Smith Found Safe After Wandering For 10 Hours In Bitter Cold

Autistic children and adults are prone to wandering and becoming lost, sometimes with limited communication skills. Sometimes, it ends well as it has for Jennifer Graves-Smith in Halifax, Nova Scotia:

As reported on the CBC :

"An 18-year-old with autism is safe after she disappeared for nearly 10 hours in bitter cold.

Jennifer Graves-Smith vanished after leaving her school, Halifax West High, at about 3:30 p.m. AT on Tuesday. She was reported missing when she failed to turn up for her bus ride home.

Halifax Regional Police said the teen wandered near the school for hours and ended up in the lobby of a nearby apartment building just after 1 a.m. Wednesday."

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soulful sepulcher said...

Thank goodness!!!!!

Fielding J. Hurst said...

Glad to see. I hate these stories, especially in winter.

Roger Kulp said...

I hate to say it,but as with Zakh Price,I am willing to bet Jennifer Graves-Smith's parents did not treat her autism,or if they did, they treated her with psychotropic drugs,ignored her diet,and the underlying problems that might be causing her autism in the first place.

From the comments:

PDBadibus wrote:Posted 2010/02/03
at 9:14 AM ETTrack people with GPS? Designate constant monitors while they're in school? Separate them from society?

Have none of you heard of privacy? Dignity? Human rights?

Typical neurodiverse response.I wish they had personal GPS when I was a kid.How can you explain to someone like this,how terrifying it is to a child,to spend hours wandering or eloping, only to come to your senses hours later,with no idea where you are, or how you got there."Aspies" will never get it.One more reason why the whole idea of an "autism spectrum" is a silly idea thought up by people who never have to live with this garbage.Lumping everybody together under this big umbrella of ASDs only hurts everybody.

Starr, Turning Winds said...

I'm glad she was found. Parents and people concerned should see to it that kids with these types of conditions are always safe and guided. With the types of danger all around us, it's difficult to think that others might just take advantage of them.