Identity cards aimed at helping disabled people in cases of emergency are on the way. Emergency responders sometimes struggle to obtain important information when trying to quickly offer assistance.
“This much-needed resource will bring peace of mind to the families we work with,” said Sharon Nagel of the Ability Hub and the police advisory board for Persons with Disabilities. “There is nothing scarier than knowing your loved one might not be able to communicate with emergency responders when they need it most.” The cards are the size of a driver’s license, and feature a photo of the person and emergency contact information. The back of the card lists information about the individual’s disability, level of communication, behavioural concerns, safety concerns, medical conditions, type of medications and any potential side-effects. The cards can also be carried by parents of special-needs children. Emergency responders would be alerted if children need to be cared for in the event the parents are in an accident and unable to communicate. Cards are available through The Ability Hub, Autism Calgary Association, southern Alberta Brain Injury Society, Epilepsy Association of Calgary, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and Canadian Mental Health Association. This pilot project is being funded by The Ablity Hub. View video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uORSp1pX-2A&list=UUfoP1GiuXF9aMybI8R8OYcQ&index=4&feature=plcp

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