The Coral Gables Police Department (CGPD) in collaboration with the Disability Independence Group (DIG) and the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) are introducing “The Wallet Card,” a new free tool to help teenagers and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) communicate clearly with police officers and first responders.
CGPD is the first municipal police department throughout the country to partner with DIG and UM-NSU CARD. Upon its recent introduction, numerous requests throughout the world have been received for The Wallet Card.
“This is a great collaboration among law enforcement, academia, and a nonprofit disability rights legal advocacy center, all working for the same cause toward creating positive changes,” said Interim Police Chief Ed Hudak Jr. The Wallet Card is free and can be obtained through the website, www.justdigit.org. (Click the blue button that says “The Wallet Card.”) Also available is an informational video hosted by Lt. Bart Barta from the Coral Gables Police Department and Haley Moss, a young woman on the autism spectrum. The video explains when and how to use The Wallet Card, showing three different scenarios where The Wallet Card brings clarity to interactions between people with ASD and Law Enforcement.
For additional information, contact the Coral Gables Police Department Community Affairs Unit at 305-460-5403.