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Family warns community of son with autism who tends to wander

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Source: City of Grand Blanc Police Department Source: City of Grand Blanc Police Department

Police and a Mid-Michigan family are being proactive by informing their community about a boy with autism who tends to wander.

Noel and Kim Blazen, as well as the City of Grand Blanc Police Department, issued an information sheet Thursday to inform the community about their son, Michael.

Michael has non-verbal, moderate autism and is prone to wander, his parents said. He is not currently missing, but they are asking anyone who may spot Michael wandering on his own to call them immediately.

“Thank you so much in aiding in the recovery of our son. Michael is not violent, but loud noises tend to upset him. He has wandered off in the past without our knowledge and it is very scary for us when it happens. We have secured our home, but nothing is absolutely 100% certain and we need the cooperation of our neighbors,” Michael's parents wrote.

If Michael is ever found along with his iPad, he is able to communicate using the app Proloquo2Go and has a picture of an owl as the thumbnail.

Noel and Kim want the community to know 49 percent of children on the ASD spectrum wander or bolt from a safe environment. Autistic children are prone to gravitate toward pools, ponds, lakes and other bodies of water – resulting in many drownings between 2009 and 2011.

“Know that we will be forever grateful that you have helped save our son’s life,” the parents said. 

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