PEOPLE suffering with autism are being given a free alert card to help them out in emergencies.
The new card will carry simple information about autism, a telephone number and the name of a parent or carer.
It will act as a way to alert police and other emergency services that the person carrying the card has a condition that might require special attention.
The card will be available free of charge to the estimated 6,355 people who suffer from autism in Oxfordshire.
It has been brought in because many behaviours of autism are hard to interpret.
For example, when anxious, stressed or under pressure someone on the autism spectrum may suffer a panic attack.
This may be interpreted as challenging behaviour or a temper tantrum.
They may also have a freeze response, which may look like refusal to move or speak.
By introducing this card it can show that the person is expressing signs of autism.
The new scheme has been funded by NHS Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire cluster and Oxfordshire County Council.
The aim of the card is to promote better management of issues and situations with autism and help card holders feel safer and more confident when they are out and about.
It was officially launched this week at a seminar, which included a talk from Thame’s Paul Isaacs, who has turned to public speaking to help others with the condition.
To apply for an autism alert card, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0844 381 4484.