Autism and wandering, another story in the news

18 Nov

A news story from my old home town (as much as the LA area can be considered a “town”) brings up an important point: many of the issues that get advocate attention are not limited to children. Case in point: Police ask for help finding missing Redondo Beach man with autism.

A 61-year-old man suffering from autism was missing from the south Redondo Beach area, poilice said.

Yong Boo Keum was last seen in the south Redondo Beach about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. He went out for a walk and did not return home, according to a news statement from the Redondo Beach Police Department.

Keum has limited Korean and English language skills, and was described as a 5-foot, 1-inch tall Asian male with short black hair, brown eyes and weighing 95 to 100 pounds, according to the news statement.

He was last seen wearing a gray “LA” baseball cap, a navy blue windbreaker with “POLO” displayed on the front in white lettering, dark-colored jeans and possibly a gold-colored watch, according to the statement.

Police asked anyone with information regarding Keum’s whereabouts to call the Redondo Beach Police Department at (310) 379-5411.


By Matt Carey

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4 Responses to “Autism and wandering, another story in the news”

  1. Science Mom November 18, 2014 at 17:47 #

    “…suffering from autism…” Suffering? Does the media really have to say such crap? I do hope Mr. Keum is found safe and soon.

  2. LIz Ditz November 18, 2014 at 18:43 #

    Thankfully he has been found

    “Missing Person Located:

    Redondo Beach resident, Yong Boo Keum, was reported missing yesterday, November 15, 2014. Earlier today, Keum was located at a church in the city of Torrance and has been returned home safely to be reunited with his family.”

    http://local.nixle.com/alert/5303579/

    Wandering still a problem.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) November 18, 2014 at 19:08 #

      Thanks for that info, Liz.

  3. chavisory November 19, 2014 at 02:29 #

    I dunno, I think this is often one of those things that does get advocate attention, but a whole lot of the wrong kind of attention.

    Yes, wandering is a problem. It’s one of the trump cards that parents often bring up as to why autism is a problem to them, why they want a cure, why they want autism defeated…their child wanders, and they reasonably fear for their safety.

    They rarely want to listen to self-advocates about reasons why people wander, or what to do about it in ways that still allow for autonomy and competence.

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