Identification Tools

When a loved one wanders or elopes, we want to know:If someone finds her, how will they know it’s my child/loved one? This is a sampling of the products available to help locate and identify your loved one. But no product can replace safety preparation measures. You can find more tracking devices at our online provider database and select the category Safety. Pathfinders or Autism does not endorse any products or services.

Maryland State ID
There is no minimum age for a MD State ID. If your young adult or adult child does not have a Driver's License, there are several reasons why your son or daughter needs a State ID: formal identification communicating who you are in case of an accident or emergency; to open a bank account; to board an airplane; some towns and cities require ID; tightened security, so many individual places are requiring ID; most jobs require ID; hospitals. 

Safety Tats
SafetyTat is a temporary safety child ID tattoo that’s offered either customized with your mobile phone number or blank so you can write in your cell phone number on them. When applied to the arm of your child or loved one, SafetyTat provides a visible form of child identification that stays in place even when wet.

If I Need Help
Easy free sign up and membership. Personal wearable QR Codes that immediately alert the public that "Here is a person that needs help" & how to help them. Individuals’ profiles can be accessed manually from any web browser or via scanned QR Codes. QR Codes can be read quickly by any smartphone. Available as patches, dog tags and shoe tags. 

Road ID
Road ID was developed for runners, but the tracking and identification products can meet the same needs for the autism/I/DD community. Identification tools include wristbands, stainless steel dog tags, ankle bands, and shoe tags.

MedicAlert Found® - Support Services for Autism
The MedicAlert Found® program provides an additional layer of protection for the autism community by offering free enrollment, a free medical ID bracelet or necklace, a free medical ID shoe tag and free 24/7 Wandering Support Service.

MedicAlert KidSmart
Along with the ID products, family members can subscribe to the MedicAlert Kid Smart Service plan which includes Wandering Assistance Service. Should your child wander and become lost, MedicAlert Foundation will document the incident and reach out to you if a first responder (or good Samaritan) advises they have located the child. ID products include bracelets, wristbands, shoe tags, pendants, and arm bands.

Autism FYI National Registry
The Autism FYI National Registry is a membership program. In an emergency, if there is access to a computer, the bracelet is a USB device that will have information provided by the caregiver readily available. If there isn’t a computer available, the phone number on the band, ID card, or other products is accessible 24 hours a day. Someone will be available to retrieve the member’s information as well as assist in contacting that person’s emergency contact. They can also help by instructing the emergency responder on how to best help that person to get the care they need. 

Sharpie
It may not be stylish, but writing your contact information on your child’s arm with a Sharpie may be effective for your needs. When going somewhere outside like a zoo, theme park, or water park, be sure to cover the contact information with a liquid bandaid so it stays on your child all day. Skin Shield is one option.

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