The Wallet CardTM Project facilitates effective communication between law enforcement and persons with disabilities to avoid any misunderstandings.
The Wallet Card is a free resource available for teens and adults with ASD or ID/DD. The card helps individuals communicate clearly with law enforcement and includes information such as the person’s name, disability, emergency contact, and any specific triggers.
The Wallet Card may be requested for free online at www.justdigit.org/wallet-cards. In addition, individuals applying for the card can watch a short video (closed captioning available) that explains how to use the card and provides tips on how to safely interact with law enforcement.
About the Wallet Card Project: The Wallet Card Project was developed through a partnership between Disability Independence Group Inc., the Coral Gables Police Department, and UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, and is being used by other law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
Project Lifesaver International is a non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, and other first responders and caregivers with equipment and training in order to quickly locate and rescue individuals with cognitive disorders who wander. Individuals enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a PAL device, a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. The costs to enroll an individual vary by agency. Some agencies participate in grant programs, which may be able to provide the PAL devices at discounted rates or at no charge to you and your loved one.
ICE4Autism is a mobile app that stores vital information about a person’s unique and individual needs directly on their iPhone or iPad making the very information first responders and ER personnel need to treat the patient properly immediately accessible. The app is available for $1.99USD on the Apple Store.
Take Me Home
Take Me Home is a database software created by the Pensacola Police Department for those who may need special assistance in case of an emergency. It is designed to assist those who are unable to speak, properly identify themselves, or have become disoriented. There is no charge to police departments to implement this program. Once the program is in place in a community, families can contact the police department and submit a recent digital photo, physical and demographic information of their child, as well as emergency contact information. Then, this information is placed in a database that can be accessed in a police cruiser or back at the police station. If officers find someone who can’t communicate where they live, they can search the database by description and return the person home to their loved ones. This program is affiliated with the Autism Society.
AngelSense is a wearable GPS for individuals with disabilities. The GPS has a magnetic lock that prevents the wearer or others from taking off the device. The parent or guardian can then check in on where the wearer is through any smart phone. If the wearer runs or goes missing, the device transmits the exact GPS coordinates which can be given to the local authorities. The device costs $99 with a $39.99 monthly charge for the AngelSense service. This monthly charge includes a cellular plan, unlimited SMS, email alerts, unlimited location updates, 1 hour of voice/Listen-In, unlimited support, and unlimited feature updates.