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My Safety, My Rights Project – An ID Option for People Who Use Alternative Communication



Michelle Middlemiss’s is a self advocate from Pennsylvania and is a 2019-2020 SARTAC Fellow. My Safety, My Rights (MSMR) Project is an advocacy project created by Michelle Middlemiss.

On October 29, 2020, Michelle did a presentation on her project.

 

The project trains on autism to increase safety in the community. The training explains autism accurately. It also explains
methods to communicate with a person with autism. At the end of the training, all people are given a wallet-size card. This card has tips and reminders if a police officer, firefighter, or first responder meets a person with autism.

TO USE:

A person with autism will sign up at their local police station for MSMR. They will be asked to give their name, emergency contact, and how someone should speak to them if they meet. The person will then be given a tag to wear. The tag is small and says MSMR and has a unique number for each person. The tag will let a police officer, firefighter, or first responder know the person has autism.

The police officer, firefighter, or first responder will then call the police station and give the unique number. The person will then be given the details on how to speak to the person with autism. This is very important so the person with autism is not misunderstood.

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