Autism Rights Group Highlands has developed its own Autism Alert card. The ARGH Autism Alert card is designed and produced by and for autistic people and is a UK wide initiative recognised and supported by the Scottish Court System, NHS 24, independent Autism Consultants, international accessibility services and many others, for use by autistic adults and children everywhere. ARGH is a group run by and for autistic people, self-funded and self-governed, independent from any other organisation.
Their intention is that the card can be used in day to day situations, for example shops, libraries, colleges, buses, as well as in emergency situations such as criminal justice or health. It is already being carried by people of all ages across the UK who have reported that it is really working well as a communication aid. Made in a credit card style from high quality plastic, the alert card fits easily into a person’s wallet, purse or pocket, designed to be easy to carry, it acts as a visual aid to assist both the person carrying it and the person to whom it is presented. The card is produced to be cost neutral, not to make a profit.
Dr Dinah Murray, Autreach IT, Autism and Computing, researcher, person centred planner says about the card: "ARGH in the Highlands have taken up the brilliant idea of an autism alert card, by autistic people for autistic people. Their pioneering card slips into a wallet, grabs attention fast if needed and can prevent situations escalating because of misunderstanding and miscommunication. "
To obtain a card please send £1 cash, or a cheque made payable to ‘Autism Rights Group Highland’ including a self addressed envelope with a regular 1st class stamp to: ARGH 22, Wester Inshes Place, Inverness, Highland. IV2 5HZ. More information about the card can be found on the ARGH website, http://www.arghighland.co.uk/arghcard.html