Locator Device Grant - History and Information

In 2005 Georgia Rackley came to the Autism Society of Harrisburg with a dream. Like all of us in the Autism Community she was still trying to come to terms with the recent tragic death of Logan Mitcheltree, a 9 year old with autism who wandered away from home on a cold winter evening. Searchers were not able to find him until it was too late. Georgia wanted to raise awareness not only about Autism but about this potentially deadly aspect. That was the birth of Logan's 5KRun and Walk for Autism Awareness.

Over the years this event has grown. Not only does it continue to raise awareness, but it has served as a major fundraiser, allowing the ASGHA to provide our local autism community with many opportunities and services.

The ASGHA is delighted to announce that we can now do more than just raise awareness about the dangers of elopement. Through our new Locator Device Grant, we are able to provide families with financial support for obtaining a device that will track a wandering child. Applicants must reside in one of the counties served by ASGHA (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union, and York) and have medical proof of elopement risk due to an ASD.



Locator Device Application Directions

Online

  1. Click the button above labelled "Locator Device Information" to decide which locator device will work best for your family. The first is a set of graphs on the top twelve devices. It will give you a broad overview of what is available. The other addresses will give you reviews, and provider information. You do not have to choose from this list. ASGHA encourages families to explore the many options open to them and choose the best.
  2. Once the device is chosen contact the provider to determine the cost of the device, additional costs, and other particulars.
  3. Click the "Apply Online" button below and fill out the form right here in the website. You will be asked to upload medical documentation to confirm the diagnosis. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THESE DOCUMENTS READY TO UPLOAD YOU MAY STILL APPLY ONLINE. However, your grant request cannot be proccessed until they are received. You will be contacted by a Chapter representative in regard to submitting them at a later time.
    Apply Online
  4. Upon approval of grant you will contacted by the ASGHA Treasurer to determine how receipts will be submitted and funds will be dispersed.
  5. You will enter into a contract with the provider.
  6. You will be reimbursed for all approved costs upon receipt of proof of payment.
  7. Please inform ASGHA if you are unable to provide the initial start-up costs.

Offline

  1. Click the button above labelled "Locator Device Information" to decide which locator device will work best for your family. The first is a set of graphs on the top twelve devices. It will give you a broad overview of what is available. The other addresses will give you reviews, and provider information. You do not have to choose from this list. ASGHA encourages families to explore the many options open to them and choose the best.
  2. Once the device is chosen contact the provider to determine the cost of the device, additional costs, and other particulars.
  3. Download and fill out a the application form.
    Application and Instructions (PDF)
    Application and Instructions (Word Doc)
  4. Submit the completed attached form to ASGHA.
    Via email at:
    contact@autismharrisburg.com
    Via USPS at :
    Autism Society
    Greater Harrisburg Area
    P.O. Box 101
    Enola, PA 17025
  5. Upon approval of grant you will contacted by the ASGHA Treasurer to determine how receipts will be submitted and funds will be dispersed.
  6. You will enter into a contract with the provider.
  7. You will be reimbursed for all approved costs upon receipt of proof of payment.
  8. Please inform ASGHA if you are unable to provide the initial start-up costs.