We never want to think about getting into a car wreck or any kind of situation where First Responders will have to come to your vehicle in an emergency. But when you have a child with autism you have to plan for every contingency. This is one of those times when it can help both the child and the First Responders save time and possibly their lives.
I asked one of our local firemen about the stickers put on vehicles that say “Child With Autism aboard” and whether or not they pay attention to them when there is an emergency that they are responding to. I was told it is mixed. Some first responders do not pay attention to these type of stickers at all because they can be outdated (meaning the vehicle was sold to a new owner that did not bother to take the sticker off) especially if they are faded, partially torn, or worn looking. Others will pay attention to them in a heartbeat. He was in no way implying not to use the “Autism child on board” type stickers. However, I was told to make sure to replace them when they are worn looking and that the best place to keep them is on her windows only. We also came up with the idea of using an emergency seat belt cover with Reine’s information in it and somehow adding including a place to hold current pics and “stats” so to speak. It needed to be on her seat belt only, not in the glove box or center console. He told me it would be most valuable for them to be able to grab it quickly in an emergency and read it. They could match the pics in the cover with the child in the seat and know it was her. I needed to also find a way to let them know to look at the emergency seat belt cover.
My search began. I looked commercially and could not find what I needed. Most of the emergency seat belt covers are generic. While this is better than having nothing, I knew it was not what I was looking for. I turned my search towards the one place I knew I could find what I was looking for or someone that would help me to create what I was looking for. Etsy.
Vehicle Autism Stickers:
I found a shop on Esty called MorganStreetDesign that had the perfect stickers for my truck. They are not too big. The colors are perfect and bold enough to get anyone’s attention. I placed on each side of the rear passenger windows.
Emergency Seat Belt Cover:
This search was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. There were so many options but none offered what I needed. I took a chance and contacted the shop Snuggle Button to ask if they would be willing to work with me.
Our conversation went something like this…
Me: Hi, I am wondering if you are able to make one of your medical alert seat covers with a pocket on the inside similar to the one in the pic? Our local first responders want us to use one with an inner pocket that can store our daughter’s information in it. (I sent them a pic of what I was asking about).
Yes! I can definitely make a medical alert seat belt cover with an inner pocket for you. Thank you for including a picture so I know exactly what you need!
Me: Thank you so much for working with me. I just placed my order.
And we came up with exactly what I needed and was looking for!
Reine modeling the emergency seat belt cover. In all seriousness, she knows that this has to be on her seat belt and the information inside of it must stay there. It is comfortable for her to wear too. Gotta love sensory processing disorder.