All About Autism Podcast 047: MASON ALERT and the Dangers of Wandering


Mason AlertIn this very sobering but important episode of the All About Autism Podcast,your hosts, Dave and Heather Eaton interview Sheila Medlam, a mother whose 5-year-old autistic son, Mason, wandered from his home in 2010 and drowned in a neighbor’s pond. This episode also features activist and blogger Cynthia Griggs Niswonger. Sheila and Cynthia talk to Dave and Heather about these important resources:

Project Lifesaver

The National Take-Me-Home Database


Sheila Medlam’s blog


The All About Autism Podcast is talk radio for those desiring to be familiarized, energized, apprised, advised and empathized with regarding all things Autism. Your husband-and-wife hosts, Dave and Heather Eaton, bring you a weekly show with new releases every single Saturday.

Show Notes:
1.) Introduction
2.) Autism in the News
– The human voice may not spark pleasure in children with autism
3.) Special guests: Sheila Medlam and Cynthia Griggs Niswonger
4.) My Friend Bill:
– Heather’s friend Bill recounts the Eaton Alliance company party
5. Listener Feedback
– E-mail from Pamela from Canada
6.) Closing / Credits

Special thanks goes out to our guests, Sheila Medlam and Cynthia Griggs Niswonger, Pamela from Canada, and to our friend, Bill. We’re grateful for your contributions to the show.

Next week’s episode: Episode 048 will be released next Saturday, July 13, 2013. Don’t miss it!

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Read this: “It’s Just Different” by Cynthia Griggs Niswonger

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