What I Think Every Person With Autism Needs in Their Wallet

There’s no time more stressful and dangerous than the moment a person with a cognitive or social disability, like autism, meets a police officer. The Wallet Card is a tool to help a person with autism communicate clearly with law enforcement or first responders and safely disclose their disability so the officer knows how to communicate with the card holder.

The Wallet Card is the first product of the CLARITY Campaign and is a collaboration between Disability Independence Group, The Coral Gables Police Department and The University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. The CLARITY Campaign started with independent teenagers and adults who have autism spectrum disorder. It promotes heightened communication between law enforcement and persons with disabilities. As the project grows, The Wallet Card will include other disabilities.

police officer looks at wallet card of young man

This unique campaign brings together three different perspectives: professional law enforcement experience through the Coral Gables Police Department to address real-life interactions, legal expertise through Disability Independence Group to ensure that the rights of persons with autism spectrum disorders are preserved through identification and education, and experience in outreach and support to the community of persons with autism and related disabilities through University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. These perspectives ensure that the card will be effective for both the person with a disability and for law enforcement.

The Wallet Card is different from other cards because it is personalized by Disability Independence Group, Inc. It includes an emergency contact name, phone number and specific traits of the card owner’s disability but is not a substitute for a valid state ID.

The CLARITY campaign has two parts. Watch a video (below) that shows teenagers and adults how to safely interact with law enforcement and first responders and then order a free Wallet Card through Disability Independence Group.

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