Hundreds of autistic people sign up to Thames Valley Autism Alert Card Scheme
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Hundreds of autistic people across the Thames Valley have signed up to a scheme that helps break down barriers to communicating with autistic people, following a relaunch last September.
The Autism Alert Card scheme, which Autism Berkshire founded in 2010, allows the holder, or their parent or carer, the opportunity to explain their condition with ease to others.
It 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.
A re-launch in September 2021 saw the force collaborate with Autism Berkshire, enabling a feature where those signing up for an alert card can choose to voluntarily share their details with police.
The information is securely stored on the force’s computer systems and allows officers to have awareness of how best to communicate with the person, if they have reason to do so.
Of the 670 new cards issued, 85% have consented to sharing their details with police.
Autism Berkshire’s chief executive officer, Jane Stanford-Beale, said: “There has been a fantastic response from autistic people and their families to the Thames Valley Autism Alert Card, with more than 100 cards issued every month since its launch last September. And 85% of applicants are choosing to share information about their autism and support needs with Thames Valley Police.”
As a force, Thames Valley Police is committed to the wellbeing of our colleagues, partners and communities. As a Disability Confident Employer, we aim to go the extra mile to make sure our disabled employees are supported and treated fairly at work, giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential and make a positive impact on the service we provide. We also continue to support and serve our autistic members of the public to the best of our abilities by bringing the Autism Alert Cards into our communities.