A medical ID is recommended for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or autism. Autism is a complex medical condition that can impact a person's behavior and communication skills.
More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 59 children in the U.S. have autism. Autism is a serious neurological disorder and is considered an invisible disability that is not visible from the outside. There are no immediate or apparent signs that a person has autism. In an emergency, signs of autism are not readily visible to responders unless a patient wears an autism medical alert bracelet or necklace to alert others of the presence and challenges of autism.
“Emergency medical alert bracelets ensure that symptoms of autism, such as difficulty communicating and repeated actions or ticks, are not misdiagnosed by medical professionals. Wearing a medical ID clearly defines that these symptoms are linked to autism and that they are not caused by the medical emergency especially when time is of the essence.” – Madison House Autism
The range of autism spectrum disorders include:
A medical ID is recommended to all forms of autism disorder. Consider wearing a medical ID for yourself or for a child if they are under one of these spectrums.
Autism is an invisible medical condition, often without visible symptoms making it difficult for responders to recognize in an emergency. Medical IDs can alert others that a person has autism. A medical ID can help with associated challenges:
“The first question a stranger is likely to ask your child is, “What’s your name?” So it is important that your child can be understood by listeners who don’t know your child. If your child will not be understood or can’t relay enough information, you could use medical identification jewelry, such as a bracelet. Some companies only engrave an ID number and the company’s phone number, and when the company receives a call, a company representative contacts the parent or guardian. Other companies engrave whatever you request such as “Autism – Nonverbal,” allergies, and/or your cell phone number.” – Organization for Autism Research
Engraved information onpersonalized autism bracelets or necklaces is helpful to anyone responding to an emergency. This includes onlookers, paramedics, fire fighters, and law enforcement. In engraving an autism alert ID, make sure that it contains accurate information that is easy to read, even in the most difficult situations like a severe autism meltdown.
“Consider using a medical alert bracelet for an officer to read that alerts them to your condition and the fact that you have an information card.” - Autism Speaks
When selecting an autism bracelet or wristband for yourself or a loved one, start with browsing our inventory and determine what style and metal type is best for your needs. We offer medical ID bracelets in stainless steel, sterling silver, titanium, gold-filled, 14 karat gold and rose gold.
Our medical ID bracelets for children with autism feature a variety of styles and sizes. From our fun action bracelets to our more refined sterling silver, you’ll be able to select a medical ID that advocates for your child without getting in their way.
If a medical ID necklace is more your style, or your loved one’s preference, we offer an amazing selection in styles from dog tags to elegant pendants.
Here’s a couple of our customer’s favorite medical IDs for autism.
In an emergency situation, medical personnel are trained to search for a medical ID bracelet or necklace first to determine if there are conditions, allergies, medications, or other medical information that will impact their treatment. If the patient is unavailable to advocate for themselves, such as being incapacitated, the card will never be presented to the medical personnel to help them provide accurate and life-saving medical treatment.
We would still encourage you to carry the alert card in addition to wearing a medical alert bracelet or necklace. This gives you the most control over your medical treatment in an emergency and will provide first responders with the information they need to provide treatment.