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Thursday, September 8, 2011

ACT Today! Reacts to Hampton Virginia Girl's Tragic Death Due to Wandering

According to news reports, 5-year old Kaymania Serenity Catta, who had autism, was reported missing just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday after she apparently wandered away from her family's Hampton, Virgina home. After an intensive search, her body was found near the shore of a small lake on Westview Drive early Thursday morning. Read full report.

"This recent tragedy highlights a common problem with children with autism known as wandering," according to ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. “It points to the growing problem military families often face in providing treatment and care for their children with autism, which is estimated to be one in 88.”

In the last year, ACT Today! has provided over $240-thousand dollars for families in need who can not afford the necessary tools for their children.

In addition, ACT has created a fund or the special challenges military families face with autistic children. The fund called ACT Today! for Military Families has distributed over $100-thousand dollars since it’s beginning in July 2010. In the past 8 months, ACT Today! has distributed 15 fencing grants totaling $39, 777.

If you would like to help a family in need, or for more information about ACT Today! or the ACT Today! for Military Families national campaign, visit www.act-today.org or www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org.

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