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Vivint donates smart home technology to autism group

Steve Rogerson
September 8, 2015
 
Vivint has donated $50,000 of security and smart home products to families of children with autism. The Utah-based company is an official corporate safety sponsor of the Autism Speaks autism science and advocacy organisation. This donation is part of the $300,000 it has pledged over three years for technology and home safety research.
 
Autism Speaks has selected 16 families to receive the security and smart home systems. Recipients are active volunteers with the organisation, demonstrate financial need and have a child with autism who wanders.
 
Vivint technology can reduce the risk of children with autism wandering away from home and give dedicated family members peace of mind. Roughly half of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) attempt to wander from a safe environment – a rate nearly four times higher than unaffected siblings. According to research from the Interactive Autism Network, parents ranked wandering as one of the most stressful ASD behaviours.
 
The system will alert parents if a specific door has been opened, immediately pointing families in the right direction if their child has left the home. Those first few minutes can be life saving. Parents can also monitor their homes using a smart phone, even while they are away.
 
“As experts in smart home technology, Vivint is excited to bring the benefits of our technology to deserving families,” said Holly Mero-Bench, director of Vivint Gives Back. “Vivint believes that home is one place where families should not have to worry about the safety of their children.”
 
The company will provide free, professional installation of each system, valued at over $3000, which includes the SkyControl panel, automatic door lock, door and window sensors, motion detector, indoor cameras, doorbell camera, smoke detector and 24 months of free monitoring, after which families can continue with a special Vivint Gives Back rate.
 
“We are grateful to Vivint for its commitment to the autism community,” said Lisa Goring, executive vice president of Autism Speaks. “Safety is a priority for all parents, but for parents of children with autism, it is a critical concern. Innovative technology can help to keep children with autism safe in their own homes.”
 
Vivint is a provider of smart home technology. The company delivers services through a cloud-based platform that integrates wireless features and components to provide simple, affordable home security, energy management and home automation.
 
The Vivint Gives Back programme helps to alleviate hardship and restore hope for families in need. The programme focuses on enhancing the lives of children with intellectual disabilities through simple, intelligent products and services. The company's employees and owners contribute time, money and volunteer hours to perform services for these children.
 
Since its creation in 2008, Vivint Gives Back has donated $9m and more than 150,000 service hours to local communities, as well as those in need around the world.
 
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterised, in varying degrees, by communications difficulties, social and behavioural challenges, and repetitive behaviours.
 
Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal.
 
Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed $560m to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in nearly 100 cities across North America. It has also established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness.