Meet Our Partners

Drone Assist Indiana partners with the National Public Safety Drone Donation Program to help save lives.

At Drone Assist Indiana we exist to provide equipment (UAS/Drones) and FAA-certified pilots to help with search and rescue flights while educating those we come into contact with throughout our communities. Drone Assist Indiana is a non-profit organization that also provides education around the use of unmanned aircraft systems for helping locate individuals who may be considered high risk.

Individuals, such as those on the autistic spectrum have an increased chance of running away or wandering off while not knowing the dangers they may face. We work to educate local and state first responders, parents and the general public about the use and capabilities of unmanned aircraft systems (or drones). We believe the use of UAS(Drones) will greatly increase the chances of positive outcomes for reuniting high-risk individuals with their family members or first responders.

Drone Assist Indiana recognizes that flying unmanned aircraft vehicles (Drones) provides resources that are limited in most communities. Our resources provide search and rescue benefits to first responders and families to help locate missing high-risk individuals. Drones provide a quick and inexpensive vehicle to provide extra assets during time-sensitive operations.

Drone Assist Indiana works to interact with organizations (private and public) to teach and train FAA Part 107 pilots in search and rescue operations. By showing the benefits of Drone use for search and rescue, rescuers are not placed in situations that may be considered hazardous or high risk when compared to the standard search and rescue.

Drone Assist Indiana is also working to establish a network of FAA Part 107 pilots to help provide volunteers and equipment to organizations within Indiana.

We look forward to working in our communities to make them a safer place and showing the value UAS (Drones) can provide to the autism community.


The Partnership

Drone assist Indiana is an amazing foundation to help leverage drone technology to help find missing children with autism. it’s a very innovative and creative program that Steven is running and we are so proud not only to have his support but also to support his foundation as well.  Steven sits on the Board of Directors of the National Public Safety Drone Donation Program and has been a tremendous asset in support of our mission to help put “Eyes In The Sky For Every Department In Need ™”. His foundation has donated two drones to our program and has provided other support as well!  It’s partners like this that help make our mission possible. Please support his foundation and help us help others in need.

“Eyes In The Sky For Every Department In Need"


The mission of NPS-DDP was founded by Airborne Works with a focus to recruit others to help support our national public safety departments nationwide with UAV/UAS technology through voluntary donations, be it hardware, financial and/or media support from the private, corporate and community sectors. 

Together we can help support those who give so much. The goal is to help put “Eyes In The Sky For Every Department In Need” ™.

About Drone Assist Indiana

It all started with small developmental delays, nothing that we really thought too much about. As we continued to see delays in our son’s development, Lorie began to research opportunities within the community to help address what we thought would be a simple opportunity in our son’s development. After an evaluation for our local early education program we received a call we never thought would happen. “We think your son may have autism, we would like to evaluate him further.” This was the beginning of our journey. From that day, Lorie has been a champion for Calem and everything autism. From appointments to mom’s group and being a voice in the community, she has always put his needs first. During his first years of school, we had two events that have stuck with me to this day. Both times it was hearing that Calem had left school, at the age of 5 & 6 anything is possible with a child with autism. On both occasions, he never left the school grounds and was constantly being monitored by the school. We were blessed with these outcomes, however, many times, children on the autism spectrum wander away not knowing about the dangers that may face. Fast forward 5 years, while working in Sam’s Club I struck up a conversation with an individual who was a drone pilot and business owner. Hearing him speak passionately about flying drones and seeing the technology used everyday drew me to the idea of using drones to help with search and rescue of high risk individuals. A year later, after receiving my FAA Part 107 pilot’s license, I purchased my first drone. Now the next step is staring this nonprofit to help those individuals who may need help finding their way home. Welcome to Drone Assist (Autism Spectrum Safety Indiana Search Team) Indiana! We hope you will join us on this Journey.