The Isaac Alert Program is a collaboration between multiple regional dispatch agencies and The ISAAC Foundation along with Spokane Firefighters Local Union 29. TEMPORARY CAUTION NOTES are for individuals affected by autism and other developmental disabilities with addresses in Spokane County.
At this time, the service area is restricted to the following areas:
Airway Heights, Cheney, City of Spokane, Deer Park, Fairfield, Fairchild AFB, Latah, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Millwood, Rockford, Spangle, Spokane Valley and Waverly.
The importance of registering your address through this program is to alert first responders in an event of a 911 emergency of pertinent information regarding a developmentally impaired individual living at your registered address.
A TEMPORARY CAUTION NOTE should be utilized if an individual residing at the registered address is: non or minimally verbal, potentially combative in highly stressful circumstances, considered a wandering risk if not adequately supervised, and if interior doors and/or windows could be locked causing potential access issues for the fire department.
The TEMPORARY CAUTION NOTE will be seen by any first responder affiliated with the fire department dispatched to the registered address by the regional dispatch office. The content of the TEMPORARY CAUTION NOTE then gets paged to the First Responders that are enroute to the emergency.
The TEMPORARY CAUTION NOTE can only be in place for twelve months because residents frequently relocate and risk factors pertaining to an individual with special needs could change over time. Therefore, TEMPORARY CAUTION NOTES will need to be resubmitted every twelve months by the address occupant.
Residents who choose to submit a TEMPORARY CAUTION NOTE should set a calendar reminder at least 30 days prior to the 12 month renewal date. The ISAAC Foundation will also send an annual reminder via email that your TEMPORARY CAUTION NOTE is set to expire.
ISAAC Alert: 911 Dispatch Address Registration for the Disabled from The ISAAC Foundation on Vimeo.
Isaac was born to his parents, Reed and Holly Lytle, on March 28, 2003. He was named after his two grandfathers, Isaac “Lynn” Bahme and Dennis Lytle. He was a happy baby who brought immense joy to his parents and older brother Jared. At approximately 15 months of age, Isaac began becoming withdrawn, stopped responding to sound and began exhibiting symptoms of anxiety. His parents immediately sought help and were told that Isaac exhibited “red flags” for autism. Isaac immediately began receiving intensive early intervention therapies such as speech, occupational and DIR/Floortime therapies. At approximately 18 months old, Isaac received his official diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorders.
The months and years following Isaac’s diagnosis was a mixture of joyous progress and frustrating setbacks. Isaac’s parents quickly discovered that not all health insurance plans provided therapy intervention benefits to children diagnosed with autism. Because of insurance limitations for Isaac’s therapy needs, Isaac’s mother began working from home and paid therapists to teach her the therapy techniques needed to help Isaac fight autism. After months of hard work and hours of home therapy with his parents, Isaac began to improve. He began making eye contact, started to enjoy school and interact with classmates, siblings and cousins and most importantly he began to speak.
Not realizing that their time with Isaac would tragically be cut short, Isaac’s parents kissed their beautiful, bright eyed boy goodnight and in the wee hours of the morning on February 8, 2007, Isaac quietly passed away in his sleep from an undetected genetic heart defect, not related to autism. Isaac was just a few weeks from celebrating his fourth birthday.
Looking back, Isaac’s parents prefer to remember all of the good times they shared with him. His family fondly remembers Isaac’s passion for music. His favorite songs were by the Wiggles. Isaac had the pleasure of seeing the Wiggles in concert here in Spokane TWICE!!! He also enjoyed almost every song performed by Johnny Cash but was particularly fond of “Ring of Fire” and would often sing along.
His favorite movie was “Finding Nemo” but would hide in his room during the opening scene of the movie (when Nemo’s mother Coral is attacked by the Barracuda Fish). He just couldn’t watch the loss of Nemo’s mother. Isaac was also a huge fan of Mickey Mouse and had a stuffed Mickey that he would give lots and lots of hugs. Isaac also left behind an extensive car and train collection which his parents cherish to this day.
As with all children, Isaac loved his junk food. His particular favorites were popcorn, any kind of soda, milkshakes and ice cream of any flavor, popsicles, pizza and any candy he could get his hands on. His most favorite food of all time was McDonald’s French Fries. Isaac’s parents laugh as they remember his instinctual knowledge of every McDonald’s location in Spokane – and he paid close attention anytime he was in the car! If you passed a McDonald’s without stopping for french fries, he would yell in protest from the back seat.
The ISAAC Foundation is a tribute and lasting legacy to Isaac Lytle. It’s continued work will help to improve the lives of children in our community touched by autism for a lifetime.