A card people with autism can carry to ensure they are given appropriate support by emergency services has launched across Sefton and Merseyside
Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) have collaborated with the Cheshire Autism Practical Support (ChAPS) and Autism Together charities to launch the Autism Attention Card.
This initiative helps people with Autism Spectrum Condition to receive appropriate support in an emergency situation and provides training for staff to engage more effectively with people with hidden vulnerabilities.
Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders and a government survey suggests that 1 in 45 children aged 3-17 have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
The Attention Card is designed to be carried by a person with a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition or Asperger’s Syndrome.
Details of the cardholder’s difficulties can be recorded onto Merseyside’s Police’s intelligence data system, flagging them as vulnerable.
To apply for the card visit www.cheshireautism.org.uk/news/attention-card.