Family secures household against escapes

August 13, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CDT
Jo Ashline sets a door lock, accompanied by her son, Andrew, 11, who has autism, at their home in Orange, Calif. Ashline says, "We take steps at home, locks on every door, gates, alarms, but there's always, in the forefront of our minds, the thought that one tiny mistake could prove fatal." The phenomenon goes by various names — wandering, elopement, bolting — and about half of autistic children are prone to it, according to research published in 2012 in the journal Pediatrics.

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