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Person with Autism vs. Autistic Person - Does It Matter?

Autism DefinedThere has been some discussion in recent years regarding the terminology used to describe people with autism. In fact, even here at My ID Square we've received comments questioning our use of the word "autistic" on some of our products, suggesting that it's derogatory to label someone as autistic, preferring the phrase "person with autism" instead. There are arguments for each that certainly sound logical and well thought out. So does it matter? Is it just about personal preference? Have we gotten too politically correct or bogged down with minutiae that we don't focus on what's really important? I'll leave that answer up to you since different people prefer different terminology, so perhaps there is no right or wrong answer. (Feel free to Google “autism vs. autistic” and you’ll see lots of opinions about this, especially from parents. As an example, here’s one side of the story, and here's the other side, both from the same website, interestingly. In any case, at My ID Square our intention is certainly not to offend, but rather to identify, notify, and create awareness. Feel free to choose the product and terminology (and design!) that you see fit.

If you’re looking for medical IDs for a person with autism, consider some of My ID Square’s pre-printed charms and dog tags to create your own medical bracelets and medical necklaces. There are plenty of options and they can serve as standalone identification or as a supplement to a traditional medical ID. 

Take a look at our pre-printed charms specifically for ASD:

Here are our pre-printed dog tags specifically for ASD

 

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Autism Awareness Month - What Organization Should I Support?

ConfusionThere are several different realms in the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) world that have become areas for controversy. One of those is regarding which autism organization to support and whether one is "better" than another. My ID Square will not advocate one organization over another but the fact is, all of these organizations are bringing awareness to the disorder and efforts to support people with autism...and that's a good thing. Do your research and decide which organization(s) you want to support. How to Choose a Charity Wisely, an article from the New York Times, was written over a year ago, but it suggests a few websites to help you analyze charitable organizations. The information is still relevant today. 

For information about autism and ASD, and to support autism awareness, you may want to check out these organizations: 

For information about ASD from a neutral source, consider the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the CDC.

 

If you’re looking for medical IDs for a person with autism, consider some of My ID Square’s pre-printed charms and dog tags to create your own medical bracelets and medical necklaces. There are plenty of options and they can serve as standalone identification or as a supplement to a traditional medical ID. 

Take a look at our pre-printed charms specifically for ASD:

Here are our pre-printed dog tags specifically for ASD

 

My ID Square…Medical IDs You Want To Wear
www.myidsquare.com

 


April is National Autism Awareness Month - April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

Nearly twenty-five years ago, the Autism Society began a nationwide effort to promote awareness, acceptance and appreciation for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Numerous organizations today support this cause and have added to the mix. Throughout the month of April we'll highlight some of the discussions about ASD, but today we'll focus on the broad subject of awareness. Keep in mind, while some people may take offense at the "celebration" of autism, this is truly about awareness and acceptance, supporting and helping those with ASD, as well as their caretakers.

FACTS:
  • In 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously declared April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day "to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of children and adults, who are affected by autism, so they can lead full and meaningful lives."
  • It is estimated that more than 80% of adults with autism are unemployed.
  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children.
  • ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).
  • About 40% of children with autism do not speak. About 25%–30% of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood.
  • Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike).
Sources: United Nations, National Autism Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

If you’re looking for medical IDs for a person with autism, consider some of My ID Square’s pre-printed charms and dog tags. There are plenty of options and they can serve as standalone identification or as a supplement to a traditional medical ID. 

Take a look at our pre-printed charms specifically for ASD:

Here are our pre-printed dog tags specifically for ASD

 

My ID Square…Medical IDs You Want To Wear
www.myidsquare.com

 


5 Less Obvious Reasons Why You Should
    Wear a Medical ID

We all know the real reasons for wearing a medical ID: medical professionals need to know if you have any conditions that require special attention, especially if you’re unable to answer questions. A "smart" medical ID allows them to get more than the basic information about allergies and conditions, including any medications you might be taking or any other detailed information.

In the spirit of April Fools' Day, let’s look at some of the less serious reasons to wear a medical ID…

#5: You want to have a unique piece of jewelry that none of your friends have. C'mon, admit it...sure, you want to be part of the crowd and wear the stuff that all the kids are wearing, but wouldn't you rather start a trend?


#4: QR Codes. You've seen QR codes all over the place, mostly for advertising purposes, but as a link to your own private webpage with your medical information? Cool! (And what a great chance to show off that new selfie...the My ID Square medical information page allows you to upload a photo.)

#3: Show everyone how tech savvy you are. Medical IDs are a necessity for some folks…there’s no getting around it. But why not show that you're on the forefront of technology with a "smart" medical ID?

#2: I'm feeling kind of blue (or pink or green) today. Forget those old “boring” medical IDs...even if you’re looking for something more traditional, you have so many more options than you used to. A standard engraved charm might be all you need, but now you have options in lots of colors.

And the #1: Less Obvious Reason Why You Should Wear a Medical ID...There are so many cool options!! My ID Square offers the medical IDs you want to wear...so wear them! Sure they serve a very important and potentially life-saving purpose, but why not look good while wearing your medical ID?

My ID Square…Medical IDs You Want To Wear
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