Mar. 2, 2018 — Vitals™ Aware Services will donate one year of service ($120 value) to individuals and families attending the Steps of Hope for autism in Minnesota 2018 walk scheduled for March 4 at Southdale Center in Edina. The donation will be for anyone who signs up for the service between 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In addition to an awareness walk, Steps of Hope features the state’s largest annual autism resource fair as well as fun family-friendly activities. The annual event, coordinated by the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), raises money to support programs and services for local individuals affected by autism. More than 1,200 individuals and families are expected to attend.
Vitals™ Aware Services, a Twin Cities-based company created for social good, provides a real-time resource designed to create better interactions between law enforcement/first responders and people living with emotional, intellectual and behavioral disabilities. The Vitals™ Caregiver App allows individuals and caregivers to maintain personalized profiles to share with police and first responders when they come within a certain proximity of one another.
AuSM, a founding partner of Vitals™, was instrumental in the development of the new app-based service. It also has partnered with Vitals™ to build awareness.
“I really commend Vitals™ for thinking proactively about engaging the autism community by offering such a generous promotion at AuSM’s Steps of Hope fundraiser,” says Ellie Wilson, executive director of AuSM.
“It is clear that they are prioritizing families and individuals on the spectrum as they continue to work on creating real solutions in making our cities and state safer for citizens and emergency responders. I hope many families will get the chance to learn about the tools they have to offer.”
The ultimate goal has always been to get Vitals™ into the hands of all who need the service. “We would not be where we are today without the advice, support and endorsement of AuSM,” says Stan Alleyne, chief of communications and partnerships for Vitals™. “They are truly great partners. We consider this donation a small gesture of appreciation for what they stand for and what they do to help communities across Minnesota.”
Vitals™ works by equipping first responders with information voluntarily provided by Vitals™ enrollees. Law enforcement download the Vitals™ First Responders app on their cellphones. The service allows a vulnerable person to register online, then wear a beacon that takes the form of a keychain, necklace, debit card or bracelet. An Android phone can also serve as the beacon. When a Vitals™ user comes within 80 feet of an officer or first responder with the service, the officer will get a notification about the person’s diagnosis and how they may best interact with them.
Last week the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and 10 cities within the county announced that they would begin using the service. Other cities that are using Vitals™ include St. Paul, Roseville, Hopkins, Chaska and the Three Rivers Park District.
To learn more about Vitals™ Aware Services, go to www.thevitalsapp.com or visit Vitals at Steps of Hope 2018 on March 4.
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