Hi, Lee here from You ID Me.
Yesterday I received an email asking "My son has autism. How can this help?" The author was of course referring to You ID Me. I should start by stating that I am not medically trained in the field of autism however...
What I have learned from hundreds of other parents of children with autism that use the You ID Me system is that children with autism may have multiple complex needs.
From skin sensitivity through to visual stimulation and being non verbal; there isn't a simple set of associative conditions for every autistic child; on the contrary, they vary greatly.
So in my reply to the email I took this into account and pointed out that helping to deal with the complexity of autism in an emergency - in particular, helping avoiding crisis - is a task that You ID Me can certainly help with.
What is You ID Me? A recap...
You ID Me is an emergency ID and alert service. Users of the service carry an emergency ID product which may be a bracelet, necklace tag or wallet card.
The ID product has printed on it a concise instruction for any first responder telling them what to do in an emergency as well as one or more of the following: -
What happens in an emergency?
You ID Me can provide three valuable services in an emergency: -
So in an emergency the first responder is follows the instruction on the emergency ID product - which takes just a few seconds. They are instantly presented with the users emergency ID profile showing all the vital / life saving emergency details that the wearer (or their parents) has registered.
This may include the name of the wearer as well as the contact numbers of their emergency contacts, medical condition/s, medications, NHS No (if applicable), blood group, special instructions and any other information.
If set up, the system may also immediately alert the emergency contacts' mobile phone to let them know there is a problem - no app is needed for this. It is all done by SMS to keep things simple.
Additionally if the first responder has chosen to provide their contact details, these are appended to the SMS sent to the emergency contact/s' mobile phone.
The system is very fast and works anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection.
Users can update their information and set up options at any time from anywhere. So if a contact number, condition or medication changes, this can be quickly and easily live on the system in seconds.
The system is recommended by numerous groups and professionals.
Autism: How You ID Me can help
So because You ID Me can hold specific and detailed information about the user (wearer of the emergency ID), it can be used to add crisis information that could potentially help an autistic person until help arrives.
For example, one customer that has a son with autism added plentiful information in their son's emergency ID profile about the types of TV programmes that he likes to watch (all about sharks and sea life). They've added foods that he likes and doesn't like as well as letting people know that he is mostly non-verbal.
The son is prone to wandering off, so prior to becoming a user of You ID Me, the parent naturally worried a great deal about what would/could happen in the event their autistic son went missing and was located by someone unfamiliar to him; they wouldn't know his particular characteristics and so the event could be traumatic for him (and them!).
This kind of information could be crucial in enabling the young boy with autism to feel safe.
Making a difference for people with autism
And that is the very difference that You ID Makes to people with autism and parents of autistic children...
The ability for them to truly tailor the emergency medical information carried by the autistic person helps enormously in the event of a crisis or an emergency.
The ability for parents or relatives to be alerted within seconds of their loved one's ID profile being accessed.
The ability to put parents or relatives of an autistic person directly in touch with the first responder that's helping them.
Emergency ID for people with autism
Autism Medical Identity Wallet Card
Easily visible plastic emergency ID wallet card
Front: medical condition specific
Reverse: space to write brief emergency details - see images.
Features unique ID providing responders with fast access to your life-saving emergency info.
We're a small team working extremely hard to ensure that carrying ID is secure, easy and affordable for our customers.