ID cards offered to autistic residents to aid interactions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama residents who have been diagnosed with autism can apply to receive an identification card that can be used to better communicate with first responders and law enforcement officers during potentially stressful situations.

A statement from the Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday says the card explains to others that the person may have difficulty communicating or understanding directions. The billfold-size card also says that the person may become agitated if touched.

In order to apply for the card, members of the public can go to the agency’s website to print a registration form and bring it to any county health department. Applicants also will need a government-issued identification card and $10 to receive a card. The form can be found online at adph.org/disability.

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