Vivint™, a leading provider of smart home technology, today announced a partnership with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. As the corporate safety partner, the Vivint Gives Back foundation has pledged $300,000 in funding for home safety research, as well as home security and automation systems for families of children with autism.

Of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), roughly half attempt to elope from a safe environment — a rate nearly four times higher than an unaffected sibling. According to research from the Interactive Autism Network, wandering was ranked among the most stressful ASD behaviors by parents of elopers. Nearly half of these parents reported sleep disruption as a result.

“As experts in home security, Vivint Gives Back brings a unique focus and dedication to the safety of children,” said Holly Mero-Bench, director of the Vivint Gives Back foundation. “Our system alerts parents if a door has been opened, and lets them know specifically which door, immediately pointing families in the right direction if their child has left the house. Those first few minutes can be life-saving.”

Vivint smart home systems not only protect families from intruders, but also alert them to what is going on inside their homes. Video cameras provide flexibility for parents to view children throughout the home using a phone or other mobile device. Sensors can alert parents when a child leaves a bedroom, enters a bathroom or opens a kitchen cabinet.

“We’re grateful to Vivint for its commitment to the autism community,” said Alec Elbert, chief strategy and development officer for Autism Speaks. “Safety is a priority for all parents, but children with autism can be more vulnerable. Vivint’s support is vital to addressing the issue of wandering.”

To showcase technology as the solution for home safety, Vivint is a key sponsor of the Autism Speaks' 2015 Autism Investment Conference (AIC2015) next week, March 10-11, 2015 in Boston.

* Interactive Autism Network Research Report: Elopement and Wandering (2011)

About Vivint

Vivint is a leading provider of smart home technology. Vivint delivers services through a cloud-based platform that integrates a wide range of wireless features and components to provide simple, affordable home security, energy management and home automation. Vivint's Home Automation package and Advanced Security package have received the Consumers Digest "Best Buy" rating. Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent products and services, Vivint provides services for nearly 900,000 customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.vivint.com.

About Vivint Gives Back

The Vivint Gives Back program helps to alleviate hardship and restore hope for families in need. The program 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 $9 million and more than 150,000 service hours to local communities, as well as those in need around the world.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It 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. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. 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 more than $525 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.