The Berkshire Autism Alert Card was launched in 2010 to provide a simple way for autistic people of all ages and their parents or carers to quickly and easily explain the condition to others, giving cardholders and their families more confidence to go out and about.
To mark the card’s 10th anniversary, it has been given a new look and we have joined forces with Thames Valley Police to improve the scheme.
The card is intended to be shown if the cardholder finds themselves in a situation where they need assistance or 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.
In addition, cardholders (or those applying on their behalf, such as a parent, carer or social worker) can now choose whether or not they want some additional information about how autism affects them, and any particular support needs that they have, to be shared with Thames Valley Police.
This extra information will be held securely and can be made available to police officers or other emergency services, such as ambulance crew or firefighters, if they are shown an alert card while they are on duty.
Frontline staff across Berkshire have been trained to recognise the alert card and to understand that additional information about the cardholder may be available to help them find out more about their needs if required.
*Please note that all applications must be accompanied by a copy of documentation showing proof of an autism 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. Please do not send the original documents in the post, to avoid the risk of them getting lost.
Click here to complete the online application form for a Berkshire Autism Alert Card and remember that you must also email a copy of your proof of an autism diagnosis to us at email@example.com
If you prefer, click here or on the picture to the left to download and complete our printed application form and then send it, with a copy of proof of diagnosis, to our office at 40 Caversham Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 7EB. We can also post an application form to you on request.
If you have any questions about the Berkshire Autism Alert Card, call 01189 594 594 (option 3) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you lose your alert card, or want to change the names or telephone numbers of the emergency contacts on the back of the card, then we will issue a replacement free of charge. Contact us using the details above and include your full postal address and the card number, if you know it.
The Berkshire Autism Alert Card scheme is supported by Thames Valley Police and the Thames Valley Police & Crime Commissioner.