MedicAlert Foundation Partners with Carlos Vieira Foundation to Protect Local Children with Autism

New Grant to Provide MedicAlert® Products and 24/7 Services to Autism Families Facing Financial Hardship

(TURLOCK, Calif.,) January 8, 2014 - MedicAlert Foundation and the Carlos Vieira Foundation are partnering to protect local children with Autism by providing life-saving products and services offered by MedicAlert. The partnership is specifically designed to help children with Autism whose families are facing financial hardship and live in Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, Tuolumne, or Madera counties. As part of the grant offered by the Carlos Vieira Foundation, qualified families will receive MedicAlert® GPS + Essential™ (a highly advanced GPS tracking device), a MedicAlert Essential membership (which includes MedicAlert’s 24/7 Emergency Response support) and a MedicAlert medical ID – the package is designed to protect the child with autism during wandering situations or other times of need.

“We’re excited to announce our partnership with the Carlos Vieira Foundation in creating this critical grant for children impacted by Autism,” said Karen Lamoree, COO of MedicAlert Foundation, adding, “This grant was designed to ensure more children with Autism have an opportunity to receive MedicAlert’s lifesaving services and products.”

One of the primary concerns parents of children with Autism have is wandering. Half of all autistic children wander and more than one-third of those children are unable to communicate their name, address or phone number. Using eTrak’s proprietary GPS + Hybrid technology, the MedicAlert GPS + Essential device is about the size of a domino chip and allows parents to “Always Know” the location of their children who may tend to wander. The tracking device can be attached to backpack, worn around a necklace, clipped onto a belt, or placed inside a pocket. Plus, with the added feature of the “Safety Circle”, parents can draw boundaries around multiple addresses and receive text and/or email alerts when their child moves outside the perimeter, while still tracking their movements.

“The chance of a medical emergency is always possible when children wander,” said Lamoree, adding, “that’s why the MedicAlert GPS device is critical - it was created with children’s safety in mind and gives parents peace of mind by allowing them to always know the location of their children.”

Also included, for recipients of the grant, is MedicAlert’s new Universal Black Silicone Medical ID Shoe Tag, designed to be used by emergency personnel to immediately identify the child’s health conditions during an emergency as it is labeled with the words “Autism” on the tag’s engraving.

“We are pleased to partner with MedicAlert Foundation,” said Carlos Vieira, President of the Carlos Vieira Foundation, “with this partnership, we are able to reach more families in need of 24/7 support for the ultimate protection of their children with autism.”

Eligibility for the new grant will be for children under 18 who are living in Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, Tuolumne, or Madera counties in Northern California. Also, children must have been diagnosed with Autism and meet other eligibility requirements.

To learn more about the grant, including the complete list of offerings, eligibility requirements, and to apply, please visit www.medicalert.org/autismgrant.

About MedicAlert Foundation International

Established in 1956, the nonprofit charity MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical ID products and delivers the most dependable, responsive, and trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert provides the functionality of an e-health information exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to a personal health record and a live 24/7 emergency response service. MedicAlert Foundation International medical ID products alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions, medications or other critical information. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation International also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. Visit www.medicalert.org for more information.

About the Carlos Vieira Foundation

Carlos Vieira Foundation was founded by Carlos Vieira utilizing his race team not only to be a team at the track but also to be a team that helps different organizations. The Carlos Vieira Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, not only helps families living with Autism but they also dedicate their time to helping support other organizations in their local community.

Friday, January 10, 2014