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Autism Alert Cards

Carrying an Autism Alert Card can boost confidence and provide peace of mind. We offer two cards: a card for diagnosed young people and adults and a card for parents or carers (scroll to the bottom).

Alert Card for diagnosed young people and adults (over 13 years)

The Autism Alert Card is a plastic card (bank card size), recognised by West Midlands, West Mercia, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and British Transport Police. It alerts security services and other people in authority that the individual is autistic and may have communication difficulties, become anxious and need additional support. It shows the card holder’s name and a maximum of two emergency contacts. There is also space for an optional PEGASUS access number if you are registered.

Cards cost up to £5 depending on where you live. Some Police Forces have subsidised the card for people in their regions.

These Police Forces recognise our Alert Cards

West Midlands Police – Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall, Solihull, Dudley,

West Mercia – Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire, Worcestershire

Warwickshire

Staffordshire including Stoke on Trent

British Transport Police – for when travelling on BTP policed services like main rail networks.

Cards take around 2-3 weeks to be issued.

Image of the front and back side of the Alert Card

“My autism alert card is very helpful when I’m feeling anxious. It allows the person I show it to to help me by either contacting my husband, letting me sit somewhere quiet and gives understanding if I’m confused or struggling with communication.” Sylvia.

“My partner drives a nice car and often gets pulled over during lockdown by the police as he drives around the country for work – he gets so anxious he then finds it really difficult to speak and can’t make eye contact so probably comes across as suspicious and this is a great way of letting them know he has autism without him having to explain it!” Holly.

Alert Card for Parents and Carers

Our free downloadable Alert Card for parents and carers is way of letting people you meet in the community know your child is autistic and might need some extra time or help in certain situations.

The card can be downloaded and printed or there is a version to download to your mobile phone.

The PDF version can be printed and written on or you can add your information by typing it in the boxes on the file and print that.

The JPEG version is just for printing out to write on.

The phone version is just the front side of the card and formatted to fit most screens, it is also in JPEG format.

 

Image of the front and back side of the Parents Alert Card and the phone version
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