What is an Autism Alert Card?

Please note that due to rising costs, from 1 January 2018 alert cards and replacement alert cards cost £5.

Feeling self-conscious, worried or concerned when outside the security of your own home? Need something to help you overcome this?

Autism Anglia offers a credit card sized Autism Alert Card as a way of boosting confidence and giving peace of mind if encountering emergency situations.

The project was developed in East Anglia in 2007 with the full support of Essex Police and the Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies.  It has since been adopted by the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Constabularies and the Bedfordshire Police to make it available in West Anglia also.

We use the card when we go out on trips. It has improved our confidence as parents to go out and about more frequently

The card is designed so that an individual’s behaviour or the nature of their condition can be quickly explained when they find themselves in a difficult or emergency situation.  It also means that behind the scenes lots of work is being done to train the Emergency Services so that they understand what they can do to ease interactions they have with someone who has autism, as sometimes a little knowledge can go a long way.

Please note that proof of diagnosis is required before a card can be issued.


How to Apply for Your First Card

If you or someone you know would like a card, you can request one by filling out our online form.

Alert Cards cost £5 each.

There are 3 steps to complete to receive your alert card:

1. Apply online for your card or download, print and post us your application form by clicking the relevant buttons below. Our address is on the application form and is below.

Apply for your first Alert Card online or  Download the application form

2. Pay for your card by sending us a cheque in the post or paying online by clicking the button below.

Pay for your Alert Card online

3. Send us proof of your diagnosis by either emailing copies by clicking on the button below or sending a copy via post using the address below:

Email your proof of diagnosis

Autism Advice Service
Autism Anglia
Century House
North Station Road
Colchester
Essex CO1 1RE

Please note that your alert card will not be posted to you until all 3 steps have been completed and verified by us.


How to Apply for Your Replacement Alert Card

If you would like a replacement card, we can provide you with one for £5.

There' are 2 steps to complete to receive your replacement alert card:

1. To receive your replacement, fill out our Online Replacement Form online or by downloading, printing and sending to us by clicking on the relevant button below

Online Replacement Form or  Download the Card Replacement Form

2. Pay for your card by sending us a cheque in the post or paying online by clicking the button below.

Pay for your Replacement Alert Card

Please note that your replacement alert card will not be posted to you until both steps have been completed and verified by us.