"The Alert Card is another welcome step forward in ensuring that those individuals are treated fairly and given the appropriate level of support they require."
The new Autism Alert Card enables those who carry it to identify themselves as being on the autism spectrum. The card highlights how the bearer may have difficulties in talking and listening and may show signs of unusual behaviour. It also includes a named contact who can offer their support to help police, ambulance, hospital and other key public service professionals better understand the individual’s autism needs.
Certain characteristics that are often associated with autism such as high anxiety or hyper-sensitivity to being touched or exposed to loud noises can result in a difficult and stressful situation for all parties involved. The Autism Alert Card is a simple identification designed to reduce this potential for misunderstanding and ensure that people living with autism get the best possible support.
The initiative is being launched with the support of NHS and the Central Scotland local authorities, Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils, who will promote the Autism Alert Card via GP surgeries, health centres, social work departments and education establishments.
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