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Mom Abby Ekmark creates Autism Safety Toolkit Inspired by her son Rudy Alejos

Shared by Joana Afonso PI on 2024-05-28 09:21

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San Antonio's mother, Abby Ekmark, was inspired by her tragedy to create a toolkit aimed at enhancing safety for children with autism. Her initiative honors her late son, Rudy Alejos, who had Autism Spectrum Disorder and tragically died in a fire in August 2011. The toolkit reflects Ekmark's commitment to preventing similar incidents and raising awareness about safety and communication for children with special needs.

Ekmark collaborated with the nonprofit organization Any Baby Can San Antonio to develop a comprehensive safety toolkit for parents and first responders. The kit includes essential items such as locks and fire safety information, designed to improve the safety and communication methods for children with special needs. The goal is to equip families with the necessary tools to create and implement effective safety plans.

The toolkit has had a significant impact on the community, inspiring many parents to discuss and prepare fire safety plans with their children. Ekmark's story has resonated with families, encouraging proactive measures to ensure the safety of children with autism.

In addition to the toolkit, Any Baby Can San Antonio has expanded its efforts by offering multiple safety training for parents and caregivers. These training sessions aim to educate and empower families with the knowledge and skills needed to protect their children in various emergency situations.

To further support the cause, Ekmark participates in the 20th annual Walk for Autism San Antonio. This event, taking place at Palo Alto College, serves as a day of remembrance and community support. A special area, Rudy’s Playground, will be dedicated for children to play, honoring Rudy's memory and providing a space for joy and connection.

Abby Ekmark's dedication to creating a safer environment for children with autism through the safety toolkit and community initiatives showcases the power of turning personal grief into positive action. Her collaboration with Any Baby Can San Antonio not only honors her son's legacy but also fosters a safer and more informed community for children with special needs.

The kit and training are available in Spanish and for purchase at the website:https://www.anybabycansa.org/
Source of information: https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2024/04/11/san-antonio-mother-creates-sa...
Contact information: https://www.anybabycansa.org/contact-us/ | https://www.facebook.com/anybabycansa | https://www.linkedin.com/company/any-baby-can-of-san-antonio/
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Abby Ekmark is a dedicated mother and advocate for children with special needs in San Antonio, Texas. After losing her son Rudy, who had Autism Spectrum Disorder, in a 2011 house fire, she collaborated with Any Baby Can San Antonio to create a safety toolkit and training program for parents and first responders. Her efforts have inspired many families to develop fire safety plans. Abby also participates in the annual Walk for Autism San Antonio, honoring her son's memory and supporting the autism community.

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