The aim of the Berkshire Autism Alert Card scheme is to provide a simple way for people living with autism to quickly and easily explain their condition to others, giving cardholders more confidence to go out and about.
Autism Berkshire issues the Berkshire Autism Alert Card free of charge to anyone with an autism spectrum condition on behalf of the Berkshire Autism Alert Card working group. More than 1,300 cards are currently in use.
The card is intended to be shown if the cardholder finds themselves in a situation where they cannot easily explain their behaviour to people around them or to the emergency services.
Along with simple advice about autism spectrum conditions, the card gives the cardholder’s name and details of two emergency contacts, such as parents or carers, so that those shown the card understand they are dealing with someone with autism and what they can do to help them.
The Berkshire Autism Alert Card is available free of charge to anyone with a formal diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition.
Please note that all applications must be accompanied by a copy of documentation showing proof of a diagnosis. Proof can include a diagnosis letter, or a statement letter from a professional, such as a doctor, paediatrician, psychologist, social worker or school, or a medical report or assessment.
Click here to download the Berkshire Autism Alert Card information leaflet and application form.
Free information leaflets, posters, window stickers and advice are also available. Call 01189 594 594 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Organisations that are members of the Berkshire Autism Alert Card working group are:
ASD Family Help; Autism Berkshire; Berkshire Health Care; Bracknell Forest Council; Hampshire Autistic Society; Kingwood Trust; National Autistic Society; Oxfordshire County Council; Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council; Reading Learning Disability Partnership Board; Reading Borough Council; Slough Borough Council; Thames Valley Police; West Berkshire Council; Wokingham Borough Council; Wokingham Learning Disability Partnership Board; Wokingham Mencap.