Our Autism Alert Application, developed in association with Hampshire Autistic Society & our partner, OneCom, helps people with autism communicate with the police & emergency services teams should they find themselves in stressful or anxious situations.
The new App is to work alongside the Autism Alert Card & Autism Passport – also conceived by the Hampshire Autistic Society in 2005 & 2008, respectively.
How does the App work?
The App functions as an Identity Card, which individuals can download from the Apple App Store & Google Playstore and keep on their smartphone. Should the individual find themselves in a situation with a member of the general public, police or emergency services they can present the App in order to communicate their condition.
The App also stores personalised information about the individual & their autism, which is aimed to help police & emergency services personnel calm & support the individual in the best possible way. This personalised information includes emergency contact details of the individual along with different strategies to help the individual in various emotional states. For example, how to help them if they are sad, angry, anxious or over-excited. (‘What happens when I get anxious and uncomfortable? “I will try and escape the situation by running away and hiding. I may shout and swear at you.”)
The App has been developed specifically so that it is easy for the individual to use. The App has also been trialled via a pilot with people with autism and feedback has been incorporated into the Application. We encourage those people using the Application to keep passing on advice & suggestions so that we can continue to improve it and ensure that it meets the needs & requirements of the individuals using it.
How does personalised information get on to the App?
Upon registering for the App with Hampshire Autistic Society, the individual will need to fill out a registration form. This form will ask the individual to enter information such as emergency contact details and how to best deal with them in various situations.
Upon downloading the App and entering their unique & secure username/password – the App will contain all of the personalised information mentioned above. Any changes to this personalised information will be automatically updated in the App too. (The user will have to alert Hampshire Autistic Society of the changes beforehand).
How do individuals register for the App?
In order to download the Autism Awareness App on your phone you will need to register for the App via Hampshire Autistic Society.
Hampshire Autistic Society and Crimson Tide are confident that multiple other regions in the country will want to take on the Application too.
Benefits of the App (taken from people with autism)
- An additional ‘safety blanket’ for them to use when out-and-about
- A more private way of informing others about their autism
- More control over who they tell about their autism
- The App gives them more independence (they feel more confident that they have the App there to help them)
- Help people deal with the person with autism in a way that best suits the individual & their needs
- Read Jack’s account of the App here
For further information about the Autism Awareness App feel free to contact Crimson Tide or Hampshire Autistic Society.