Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Identification Cards

I made these cards up a few years ago and tried to pitch them to a few teachers and got some pretty bad reviews, so I put it on the back burner and didn't give it much more thought. They thought parents would not want their child to carry such cards. So, at the conference I went to in August, during one of the break out sessions, the speaker talked about how all the kids should carry some sort of identification card with them at all times. She suggested in their wallet for more verbal kids and in the shoe for non. Though, seems it would be a long time before someone checked a kids shoe to be able to find it. My kids are in the 18 to 22 age range. I took a poll today and only 25 percent of them actually have a California identification card (probably lower for our emerging kids). So, I'm going to bring it back to the table again and see if any of the new teachers want to bring it up the parents as an option and we can easily print them and laminate.

The ones posted here were for our kids with autism, but we can change the disability to anything and even customize it depending on the child (or the parent). Do you think parents would be interested in something like this? Do your kids carry ID? Where do they carry it? 
We've been watching this great video I won during the conference (i'll tell you about that this weekend), and during the video's it talks about the kids having their ID on them, so I think my kids would think it's really cool to have it. Alright, just a thought, I'll let you know if I get shot down again, lol.


  1. I love this. And agree it's so important for our kids to carry ID with them. As long as the kid has a wallet/purse, it should be kept in there! I guess if they don't have a wallet, a shoe would be okay, but definitely not somewhere I would think to look. Maybe a pocket instead! lol

    Thanks so much for sharing the example. I hope the information is made up though! :/

  2. Do you use intellikeys at all in your classroom?

  3. I don't even know what that is Emily. Please share :-)

  4. I really loved this Karen!! I can't imagine who would say this isn't a critical life skills for our students! I have advocated for the same strategy-you are not alone! Thanks for sharing and reminding readers how important this is!!
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  5. Love this idea! This could be a lifesaver for an individual in need! However, I would suggest you change the wording to "I have autism" in place of "I am autistic." Person first wording is so key! Using person first wording reminds others that the condition does not define the individual, but it is something they live with! Just a thought. Great blog!

  6. My SLP just brought this idea to me a few weeks ago, so it is so refreshing to read that it is a concern elsewhere. I find the same thing here at my transition program here in Massachusetts. I only have 2 in my group that have a state ID of the 8 on my caseload. I do like this card format, if you find any others or if we do we will share.