The Autism NI Alert Card
Have you ever been in a situation where you feel very nervous or stressed because people are asking you lots of questions or putting pressure on you? This can happen quite often to people with Autism, as many find it more difficult to communicate and interact with others.
The Alert Card can help. It is a small plastic card that can be kept in your pocket, wallet or purse. It enables the person to identify themselves to others as having Autism. If you are in a situation where you are nervous or anxious, like being approached by the Police or other Emergency Services, you can show your Alert Card. This tells other people that you may need longer to communicate, and explains why you may be nervous.
The card will also inform others if necessary, of an appropriate person who can be contacted on your behalf. The emergency contact should be someone who knows you well and would be able to tell them more about you, for example, your Mum or Dad. If they are not available, Autism NI can be contacted to give more information.
Things to remember!
- Keep the card safe and carry with you at all times. For example, in a wallet or purse.
- If, at any time you come in contact with the emergency services, produce this card to ALERT them to your Autism.
- Before reaching into your pocket, purse or wallet for your card, please try to inform the emergency services what you are going to do. Say to them “I need to show you my Autism Alert Card” or alternatively show the universal sign for ‘wait’ (see sign to the left), then proceed to show them the Alert Card. This will explain to them that you are reaching for a card to identify yourself to them as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This will help them understand that you may be nervous or anxious.
- If you have questions about the use of this card, please contact Christine at Autism NI on 028 9040 1729 option 2.
The application forms can be returned to:
Knockbracken Healthcare Park
In Case of Emergency (ICE) wristbands
Autism NI can also provide an 'In Case of Emergency' (ICE) wristband. This wristband has a space to write an emergency contact number so that you always have the telephone number of someone you trust (like your Mum or Dad) to call if you are worried about something or feel unsafe. For example, if you were to get lost or separated from people you know outside, you or someone who is helping you can call your emergency contact number to tell your parents where you are.
For more information about how to receive an ICE wristband, please contact Autism NI.