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Autism Alert Cards


Covid-19 Autism Alert Cards

We have an alert specifically for use during the Covid-19 pandemic that can be used to show that you are autistic. The latest Scottish Government guidance states that face coverings are mandatory on public transport and will be mandatory in shops from 9th July. However there are exemptions for children under 5 years of age and for autistic people for whom wearing a face covering causes severe stress or anxiety. Learn more.


Central Scotland Autism Alert Card

Autistic individuals may present unusually to those without an understanding of autism. This could cause unnecessary stress and difficulty both for the individual and the person interacting with them. 

Scottish Autism and Central Scotland Police have teamed up to launch an autism awareness initiative in Central Scotland aimed at developing a greater understanding of autism in public services. 

This Autism Alert Card enables those who carry it to identify themselves as being autistic. The card highlights how the bearer may prefer to interact.  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 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 autistic people 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.

To request an Alert Card or for more information, please contact Scottish Autism.
Tel: 01259 720044 or email

Registration forms should be returned to:
Scottish Autism
Hilton House, Alloa Business Park, Whins Road
Alloa, FK10 3SA


Autism Alert Cards (Glasgow, Lanarkshire &Ayrshire)

Issued by the Autism Resource Centre in Glasgow, this alert card is available to adults and children with a formal clinical diagnosis who live in the following areas:

  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Lanarkshire
  • Ayrshire

The cards are available free-of-charge, as are replacements, and the Police Scotland logo appears on the front. There is space on the back of each card for the name and telephone number of a designated contact person (usually a parent in the case of cardholders under the age of 16).

Registration forms to apply for a card can by requested by contacting the Autism Resource Centre by telephone or email. The registration form is a simple two-page document and we only request the information that we require to administer the card scheme. We require all applications to be verified by a relevant professional who can confirm that the applicant has been formally diagnosed as autistic. Suitable professionals include GPs, teachers, social workers, and other medical professionals.

Contact details for the Autism Resource Centre:

Autism Resource Centre

c/o Centre for Sensory Impaired People

North West Social Work Services

17 Gullane Street



G11 6AH

To request an Alert Card, please contact Autism Resource Centre.
Tel: 0141 276 5252 or email

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.