RESIDENTS with autism are being urged to complete and carry a card which can aid emergency service workers to accommodate their needs when speaking to them.

As part of Autism Awareness Week, South Yorkshire Police worked with the National Autistic Society to create the autism alert card which launched last month.

The card enables police and other emergency services to communicate with autistic residents more effectively.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “The alert cards are designed to help you.

“The card tells emergency service professionals and transport personnel that they need to communicate with you a little bit differently.

“When you apply for a card, you will need to provide details about your sensory experiences, interests and communication needs.

“Then, if you need to present the card, emergency service workers have this information readily available, allowing them to communicate more effectively with you and avoid any misunderstandings.”

To apply for a card, click here.