Thames Valley Autism Alert Card

Last updated: 11/01/2023

The aim of the Thames Valley Autism Alert Card scheme is to provide a simple way for people living with autism, or a parent or carer, to quickly and easily explain their condition to others, giving cardholders more confidence to go out and about.

Autism Berkshire issues the Alert Card free of charge to anyone with a diagnosis of autism in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes. 

The card is intended to be shown if the cardholder finds themselves in a situation where they cannot easily explain their behaviour to people around them or to the emergency services.

Along with simple advice about autism spectrum conditions, the card gives the cardholder’s name and details of two emergency contacts, such as parents or carers, so that those shown the card understand they are dealing with someone with autism and find out what they can do to help them.

Cardholders - or their parent or guardian - can also choose to share some information about their autism with Thames Valley Police, which officers can access if shown the card, to help them understand how best to support the cardholder.

Please note that all applications must be accompanied by a copy of documentation showing proof of a diagnosis. Proof can include a diagnosis letter, or a statement letter from a professional, such as a doctor, paediatrician, psychologist, social worker or school, or a medical report or assessment.

Applications can be made using the online form on the Autism Berkshire website or by downloading and completing a printed form, which should be posted to the Autism Berkshire office or scanned and emailed to 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jane Stanford-Beale
Contact Position
Chief Executive Officer
01189 594 594 (option 1)
Thames Valley Autism Alert Card

Where to go

Autism Berkshire
40, Caversham Road

Other Details


Thames Valley Autism Alert Cards are issued free of charge

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