Autism Alert Card
During the lockdown we introduced an Autism Alert Card. This was initially introduced because there was different guidance around exercise in place for autistic people, allowing autistic people to exercise more frequently if this was important for their wellbeing. We heard from the autism community however, that on occasion people were being challenged on this, causing anxiety and distress. The idea behind the alert card is for autistic people to have something they can show Police Scotland or others they may come in to contact with, to confirm they are autistic. This can also be personalised and you can add information that may help someone support you if needed whilst you are out.
Whilst there are no longer restrictions on how many times you can leave the house, new guidance from the Scottish Government was recently introduced stating that face coverings are now mandatory on public transport and will be made mandatory in shops from 9th July. However there are exemptions for children under 5 and for autistic people for whom wearing a face covering causes severe anxiety or distress. Our Autism Alert Card contains messaging to indicate that for the individual with the card, they are eligible for exemption from wearing a face covering. For those who feel comfortable to wear a face covering or would like to understand why we are being asked to wear one, you may want to view our resources here. If you, or someone you support, cannot wear a face covering then having the Autism Alert Card may be helpful if you need support or if you are questioned in shops or on public transport.
Please remember that the guidance around social distancing remains in place and you should stay 2m apart from anyone not in your household or extended household when you are out.
If you need support to understand current Government guidance for you or someone you support then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our advisors will help you.
Download a PDF card that you can print off and complete, or download the digital Autism Alert Card for your smartphone by completing the form below.
Please click here if you would like to request a physical Autism Alert Card be posted to you.
Your Personalised Alert Card
We have therefore created the following alert card specifically for your smartphone which allows for personalisation. It can be completed either by yourself or with the help from an advocate/carer.
Once completed this can be shown to Police Scotland or any other professional body if challenged.
We have left space to add information that might help someone support you if needed whilst you are out.
You can add as much or as little information as you are comfortable with.
You can also ask a carer or family member to complete this for you.
Please use the below form to create your own Alert Card. Once you have submitted your details, please bookmark the page displaying your personal card or screenshot it to show if questioned.