For Families
Autism Identification

Since autism is an "invisible" disability, it is important for children with autism to have proper identification in the event he/she runs away or gets lost and is unable to communicate effectively. Proper identification also helps families feel more comfortable and welcome in public places. Once other people are aware of an individual's disability, the more understanding and helpful they become.

Identification Tools

For children with autism spectrum disorders,opportunity, consistency and repetition are the keys to learning to become acclimated to a new environment.. Because generalization is difficult, a child with autism will need to spend time and explore each new environment and learn how to adjust. If wearing appropriate identification helps individuals with autism and their families gain a sense of understanding and support in the community, they can become less isolated and more independent. This is a win for the families and a win for the businesses.

For Families

One of the biggest problems for families affected by autism is getting out in the community. The world is loud, bright and interactive and can put someone with autism on sensory and social overload causing a variety of misunderstood behaviors. Because autism is an invisible disability, you can't tell by looking at someone they have autism. So, when they exhibit behaviors related to their autism, the public often mistakes them as the result of bad parenting, or the child is "acting spoiled." This can be very embarrassing to parents. They feel the need to explain to others why their loved one is acting "that way", however, it's not always appropriate to constantly explain to others that your child has autism, especially in front of the child. It may make them feel that they are defined by their disability. This problem causes many families to become isolated, as it can be easier just to stay at home. Unfortunately, if they are staying home their behavior will not improve. This hinders individuals from becoming more independent in the community, because they have not practiced how to overcome their individual challenges by repeated exposure to a variety of public settings.

Since autism is an invisible disability, we've created a unique solution by offering an autism identification brand that parents and individuals with autism can utilize in partnership with Autism Friendly Locations. We felt it was important to show autism in a positive light so we created I'm A OK, the "A" standing for autism awareness. This simple statement says it all. By wearing the I'm A OK logo, you are letting everyone know that you appreciate their understanding and patience as your family gets out and enjoy life in the community. Autism Friendly Locations provide a level of acceptance and understanding to those who identify a need. For children with autism spectrum disorders, opportunity, consistency and repetition are the keys to functioning successfully in a new environment. Because generalization is difficult, a child with autism will need to spend time and explore each new environment in the community, learning how to adjust. If wearing appropriate identification helps individuals with autism and their families gain a sense of understanding and support in the community, they will feel less isolated and more independent. Also, families affected by autism tend to be loyal customers to businesses that welcome their family and offer understanding. This is a win for the families and a win for the business.

The Brand

Individuals, families, and anyone who supports autism awareness in the community can purchase identification items. These will be recognized at all Autism Friendly Locations. This also gives others the appropriate and positive label for your loved one rather than an inaccurate and negative label they may conclude on their own. By saying you or your loved one is "A OK" you are saying that you are out in the community and making it work. With the added grace and understanding from others, you can explore, learn and enjoy all that your community has to offer.

All Autism Friendly Locations will have identification stickers on hand or you can download and print an AOK identification card that you can keep in your wallet or wear on a lanyard. In addition, we have created a variety of AOK identification items to purchase in our online store such as lanyards, t-shirts, baseball caps, polo shirts and stickers.

Family Code of Conduct
  • I recognize the staff does not have extensive training in autism. However, they have an attitude of acceptance and willingness to learn.
  • I will respect staff and allow them time to make appropriate accommodations.
  • I will recognize and understand that staff will not know my child has autism unless they are wearing AOK identification or tell staff upon arrival.
  • I will extend the same courtesies of removing my child from a stressful situation as I would a typical child. Autism is a reason for certain behaviors, not an excuse.
  • I understand the more often we go in public, the easier it will become.
  • I understand that Autism Friendly Locations value us as customers.
  • I fully acknowledge that AFL is a voluntary program which provides an attitude of acceptance and understanding.
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