These cards are meant to be carried by individuals on the autism spectrum. The cards contain identifying information for the person with autism as well as information for law enforcement on how to interact safely and positively with the person. The Autism Card is useful for incidents in which a person is lost or separated from their parent/guardian and is unable to effectively communicate their disability or if the individual is non-verbal or low functioning. The Autism Card will clearly and quickly identify them as a person on the autism spectrum, eliminating miscommunication or misinterpretation of behaviors that are common with those on the autism spectrum. The Autism Card can simply be handed to law enforcement on scene, without any other form of communication necessary. The Autism Card is useful and helpful for all parties involved.
For families that have a child on the autism spectrum and would like them to be issued an Autism Card, or if you would like to obtain more information on the Autism Card program, please contact Detective Shannon Henrici at PSOCares@pascosheriff.org.
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