A NEW Grampian-wide initiative was launched earlier this week to help address the unique challenges faced by people with autism who are victims of crime and accidents.
The Autism Alert card will help ensure those with the condition are quickly identified and is supported by Grampian Police, a range of partner organisations across the region, Mark McDonald, MSP for North East Scotland and The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland.
Leading autism charity NAS Scotland is heralding the card a ‘breakthrough’ for Grampian, and encouraging all young people and adults with autism across the region to apply. An estimated 50,000 Scots have autism, with nearly 6,000 thought to live in the Grampian region.
The card will include details of a personal contact who can lead police and support organisations through the best ways to help the individual with autism through what can be a highly pressurised experience.
The Autism Alert card can also be used in a day to day context, helping ease communication and understanding challenges when someone with autism is shopping, at a social event, using leisure facilities or public transport.
Commenting after the event, Mr McDonald said, “This is a welcome initiative which I am happy to support. I am confident that this will make a positive difference to the lives of people with autism, and I am happy to endorse it and hope to see it being used more widely.”
“I believe that initiatives such as this can help address the unique problems people with autism face and aim to relieve the pressure and anxiety found in particularly challenging situations and am glad to see a wide range of partners supporting its launch.”