Many parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome end up homeschooling, simply for the fact that public school can be sheer torture for kids with Asperger’s. As our kids with Asperger’s Syndrome grow up, however, they do need to leave the nest, at least sometimes. Unfortunately, sometimes people with Asperger’s Syndrome find themselves in less than ideal situations. Medical emergencies occur, law enforcement personnel ask questions of innocent bystanders, and things can just go horribly wrong. As anyone who knows anything about Asperger’s will tell you, stress can aggravate certain behaviors in people with Asperger’s Syndrome. Someone who normally could converse quite well and make excellent eye contact, may suddenly not be able to communicate and may come across as shifty-eyed due to lack of eye contact. There have even been extreme cases where a person with Asperger’s has ended up confessing to crimes he didn’t commit just so the police would leave him alone or put into a psychiatric ward just because he behaved “abnormally”.
With all of this in mind, I recently read that it was good for such individuals to carry cards that identify their disability, inform strangers what to expect, and protect the person legally. I wanted to get one of these cards for Primo, but couldn’t find one made for the U.S. that wasn’t ridiculously overpriced (I actually should say that the cards I found weren’t overpriced, so much as I didn’t need 100 of them).
So I made my own card and thought I’d post it online for others to use. Feel free to download and edit it all you want for personal and/or other forms of non-commercial use. Please feel free to let me know if you have any problems with downloading or editing this.