Last Updated: June 24, 2020
Autism impacts one in every 54 children born in the US. That means more than 3.5 million people in America live with autism with the numbers growing dramatically. The Autism Society reports that the rate of autism increases at a rate of 6 to 15% annually in the US.
For people with autism, medical ID bracelets are truly essential. In particular, autistic people who are nonverbal and those with intellectual disabilities need medical ID jewelry to help them be identified, properly assisted, and reunited with family or caregivers in the event that they become lost.
According to the National Autism Association, “About 40% of children with autism do not speak,” which makes autism alert medical IDs truly imperative.
Even verbal people with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), including as those with High Functioning Autism (HFA) or Asperger’s may benefit from autism medical bracelets, as they may still have communication challenges or may find themselves overwhelmed by sensory stimulation in an emergency situation that they become unable self-advocate. This is particularly true of children with autism who are impacted by the sensory challenges that often accompany autism.
In 2013, Asperger Syndrome (AKA: Asperger’s) was absorbed into the umbrella term of, “autism” in diagnostic settings, but the term is still used by many in the autism community.
Additionally, people with autism may have additional cognitive and developmental disabilities or disorders, lack danger awareness, be prone to wandering, and live with other chronic health issues that first responders need to know in the event of an emergency. While autism awareness has greatly improved in recent years, autism is still an invisible condition, which means, in a medical emergency, someone’s autism diagnosis is not easy for a first responder to identify at a glance. This is where an autism wristband, bracelet, or necklace can make all the difference.
An autism medical ID provides daily protection. If you or someone you love has autism, medical ID jewelry can make all the difference in an emergency.
When an adult or child with autism wanders, a medical alert necklace or bracelet is there to provide emergency contact information, which can help ensure a quick, safe return. Additionally, in the event of an accident, personalized medical ID jewelry is there to alert EMTs and emergency room personnel to the baseline diagnosis, whether for children with ASD or autistic adults. This may prevent the patient from undergoing unnecessary tests and screenings that might otherwise be performed when someone is not responsive to medical personnel in a typical manner.
If you or someone you love has autism, wearing medical ID jewelry is imperative. We recommend listing your name, diagnosis(es), any medications, all allergies, and emergency contact numbers. Here are some examples of what to engrave on an autism medical ID:
Choose the style you prefer, and we will engrave it with the wearer’s autism diagnosis and other pertinent information.