Justin and Jaxon’s Story
Jaxon is “a superhuman” according to his dad. Energetic and in tune with his body in a way that constantly impresses Justin, he is nonverbal, on the autism spectrum, and has 22q. Jaxon’s excitement at things he loves often takes over, prompting him to run toward anything that catches his attention.
When Jaxon became old enough to attend school and go on field trips, the reality of his communication challenges hit Justin. If Jaxon were to be separated from his classmates, he has no way to talk to someone to help him get home.
Although there are many official steps parents can take to ensure their child is cared for under certain circumstances, such as one-to-one care or a day treatment facility, Justin realized there was a glaring lack of safety measures for Jaxon in everyday life.
Justin had experienced on several occasions how easily Jaxon can slip away. The glimpse of a Stanley Steemer truck he recognizes from the commercials or arriving at Target, one of his favorite stores, could cause him to run without a thought. The brief loss of him at a water park also made Justin afraid of what could happen—Jaxon abandoned the slide for the wave pool, and Justin spent several panicked minutes trying to locate him.
The day he had a final phone call to qualify for ALTCS, Justin hung up the phone and realized how simple the solution was. Having come from the worlds of business and e-commerce, he knew exactly what to do: build a website, add a QR code-generator, create an iron-on tag, and put it on Jaxon’s clothes.
Seven days later, the site was live, processing transactions and mailing out QR codes to the first members of the ScanMeHome community. The first tags were printed off the web developer’s home printer.
From the beginning Justin was committed to hosting and maintaining the site for Jaxon. Even if no one else used the technology, he knew he would keep it operating for the peace of mind it provides him.
And that is what matters—peace of mind. At the end of the day, ScanMeHome is an extra precaution that can provide neurodivergent, disabled, and senior individuals with a chance to be found.
As Justin puts it, “It’s insurance. We don’t expect to go out and crash our car every day, but if we do, we’re protected. In the same way, we don’t go out and expect to be separated from our loved ones every day, but if we do, we can scan them home.”
Cristina and Enzo’s Story
Enzo is a determined, energetic and bright little boy who can excitedly tell you the names of planets and has a love for dinosaurs. He is also on the autism spectrum and was diagnosed before his third birthday. With the ongoing help of therapists, he is showing improvement on his verbal abilities but is unable to communicate substantive language, including his address or his parents’ names. If lost, he would not be able to find his way home.
For Cristina, this consistent fear was made a reality one day when she received a call at work informing her that Enzo had walked out of the house. Someone left the back door open, and the side gate unlocked. Fearless Enzo walked down the block, while his caretaker had no idea he was gone. Fortunately, a neighbor a few doors down recognized him and returned him home, but Cristina realized how quickly and easily such a scenario could happen.
She had known Justin for several years, and he had been especially helpful in providing tips and advice as Enzo went through the process of receiving his formal diagnosis. One day, Justin contacted her to tell her about his idea. Intrigued but with the healthy skepticism that comes with being a lawyer, she decided to hear him out.
What followed was a Shark Tank-style meeting where Justin pitched ScanMeHome to Cristina. She probed and asked questions, wanting to ensure he had thought of the pros and cons of implementing this ambitious idea and starting this business. However, she immediately saw it as an effective and simple solution to a problem faced by many families. She also saw it as the extra security she had been desperately seeking for Enzo.
Hearing Justin’s passion for the product, she quickly recognized that they both shared the same passion for the safety of their children, and that there was a need in the community. Cristina quickly saw that ScanMeHome could also be used for young neurotypical children, like her daughter Eva, as well as any vulnerable adult, such as those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Not long after he left the meeting, Cristina texted him that she wanted to become involved in the project. She wanted to make a difference in the community, help Enzo and help other parents in the same situation.
Even more than a product, Cristina loves that ScanMeHome is a community, providing much-needed support to parents and caregivers who are already pouring their time and effort into supporting the special individuals in their lives. She is also passionate about partnering with charities and 501(c)(3) companies to reach the people who would benefit most from the product, such as Arizona Autism and MeHug.
As a working mom who leads a busy life with a full legal practice, Cristina knows only too well how stressful it is to not be able to be with her son all day. Like Justin, knowing Enzo is equipped with a QR code as a security measure means the world to her. “Working moms lead busy lives. It gives me peace of mind that if someone finds him, they’ll scan him home.”