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Autism and Cops- When Two Worlds Meet

This ‘In Their Own Words’ is by Joshua Bongawil, a former intern at Autism Speaks. His 28 year old brother Andrew has autism. They live in American Canyon, Calif.

Andrew, their cousin, and Joshua

When Andrew takes Louie for a walk, he strolls as if both of them are in their own world.  Andrew, in other words, is calm and focused, when he has command of our poodle.   The solace found in a relationship with a pet is one of the traits sometimes associated with people with developmental special needs. This is a part of Andrew’s autism.  I notice this, because I walk with them too.

One reason I describe Andrew’s style of walking the dog as “other worldly” is because his stride is unique. He often flails his arms mildly, turns his head around, or holds the dog’s leash over his shoulder like a heavy bag of footballs.  He does not walk like this because something is wrong with him. These physical attributes are a part of who he is. The other reason Andrew’s world is unique has to do with an encounter with a stranger in a uniform on a spring afternoon.

Our neighborhood is at the foot of a hilly area which can be a very windy place, so residents must take caution when walking the streets.  The caution also refers to the strong security placed in a new suburban development.  I never thought Andrew’s movement or how he walked with Louie could be suspicious until a police officer asked if he could talk to Andrew.

I was taken aback, because Andrew is non-verbal.  The ironic “conversation” went like this.

The police officer stepped out and asked, “Can I talk to you?”

I told him, “Are you talking to us?”

When he affirmed his interest in my brother and me, he asked, “Where do you live?”

I confirmed our street name, as he maintained his watchful eye over Andrew, who stood in his place, but kept turning his head around, as if to say in his mind, “What the heck is going on?”  I decided to watch the officer’s next move.

He looked at my brother, raised his hands around his head but did not touch him and asked, “Is he…?”

“He has special needs,” I replied.

The officer smiled and walked away, but not without some extra courtesy.

I recalled that when Andrew is in his world with Louie, he moves as he sees his fit. Well, this polite cop entered that world. When Andrew meets new people, he doesn’t know how to say, “Hi!”, but he knows how to shake hands. That is exactly what he and the officer did before he went back to his car.

I admit my heart stopped when the cop car approached us from behind, but it started beating normally, when the officer drove off.   My brother and I were literally frozen in moment of confusion, because unless this police offer knew what I meant by “special needs”, a completely different result may have taken place.

But it did not. I shook the officer’s hand and asked for his name.  Officer Mark greeted us goodbye and left us alone.

Autism is a world. That is not just the name of a 2004 documentary, but perfectly describes this experience. In Officer Mark’s world, a young man wearing a baseball cap and casual workout gear, flailing his arms, shaking his head while pulling a dog leash raised some signals.  In Andrew’s world, he was simply taking a walk. What happened, however, when their worlds came together, was not a clash, but an epiphany.

Andrew sensed he was not in trouble. Officer Mark knew Andrew was simply taking a walk. I knew that when there are more people like Mark who open their world to those like Andrew, a walk in the neighborhood is a bit easier for everybody.

“In Their Own Words” is a series within the Autism Speaks blog which shares the voices of people who have autism, as well as their loved ones. If you have a story you wish to share about your personal experience with autism, please send it to editors@autismspeaks.org. Autism Speaks reserves the right to edit contributions for space, style and content. Because of the volume of submissions, not all can be published on the site.

  1. Meg
    May 13, 2011 at 8:50 am

    What a great moment you shared! Thank you!

  2. May 13, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Joshua, you area a wonderful brother. Thank you for sharing this story.You words are so beautifully written. So thank you!!!

  3. May 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Joshua, you nailed the most important point of your story by giving Mark credit for being a well-informed cop and, more importantly, someone who understands there are many different ways of being human. Our world could use a lot more folks like Mark.
    Thanks from 23-year old David’s mom.

  4. May 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing. It’s always nice to hear stories like this about officers. My husband and I are parents of two boys that are autistic. My husband is also a cop. Having our boys has given him an understanding that carries over into his work. And hopefully his knowledge and sensitivity is a model for his fellow officers. This week is Police Officer appreciation week. Remember, they are also fathers and mothers, and do a tough job. I’m blessed to have a wonderful husband.

    • Pat Taylor
      May 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you for sharing about your sons and your husband being a cop. I respect both of you for doing a great job. Both of you are respected for so much. I have an autistic grandson and he’s a real precious joy to his family, including his grandma—I love him to pieces, and he’s just one of 11 grandkids for me–they’re all my treasures though.

  5. Kcseaside@msn.com
    May 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    What a wonderful story to share with the rest of the world. Awarenss and understanding is a big part of autism. I have a 13 year old son with autism sometimes taking a simple walk can be a very big deal. Cheers to you for sharing your story, it brought tears to my eyes. Thank You!!

  6. Pat Taylor
    May 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    This was a beautiful story to tell. I know, my grandson is autistic, but he has verbal skills. My thanks to you and Officer Mark for making this story the best outcome.

  7. Monica
    May 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Joshua, Well said! I have a book you might like to read. It’s called House Rules, by Jodi Piccoult. It is fiction about a boy with autism and HIS run in with the police that didn’t end as beautifully as your experience did, but not bad either. This book does prove that we must keep working to inform people, especially those who are suspicious of the behavior in the autistic “world”. Bethany’s husband is doubly blessed to have the knowledge and be able to inform those he works with, AND their two boys who are autistic–yes, blessed!

  8. Roy Bryant
    May 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    WOW! TERRIFIC MESSAGE! My 11 year old, non-verbal autistic grandson lives 1200 miles from me. I need to hear more of these very precious interactions. It’s reassuring to know there are special people in positions of authority who know how to deal with these very special people! May God richly bless Mark, Bethany and her “cop” husband and their two children, and all who deal with these children 24/7.

  9. Blanca
    May 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Awesome,you should be very proud of yourself.You’re a wonderful brother.

  10. Melissa Cruz-Skaggs
    May 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story! You’re a very special brother and you’re right our world will be easier to venture through with more knowledgable and sensitive people like Officer Mark. I have two boys, the youngest who is on the spectrum and as I read your story I pictured them in your and your brother’s place. Well written Joshua!

  11. Adam
    May 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Joshua, thanks for the story. As a police officer myself and father to two children with autism, I totally undertand your story. Police have recently began to receive more training and awareness of autism. But as a father, I know exactly what you mean in your story.

  12. Amanda Daras
    May 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I think this is a wonderful thing. I have a 16 year old with Autism, and he has verbal skills, but even then it can sometimes be difficult when he interacts with others. We recently took a trip to Disney World, it was a first for both of us, and all of the security and police there were very polite with Gabe…talking to him and shaking his hand. They seemed earnestly interested in what he had to say, not acting bored or like they had better things to do. The world is slowly coming around, and that is a great thing!! WTG Andrew!!

  13. Dave Belk
    May 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Glad you had somthing to say about Autism & The Police.I’m 44 yrs old from Charlotte NC.& had my share of run-ins with the law.The one that comes most to my mind was the scenario that happened 9 yrs ago in Spencer NC.I was booked in the county jail for trespassing in the railyard outside the NC transportation museum.Back then the cops wouldn’t listen to my side of the story.So I was my cousin to bail me out 4 hrs later & the case went to court & the judge gave me a direct order never to return to the Museum again.It hurt my feelings & I’ve been trying my best to lead a normal life up to now.I never ment to mess with railroad equipment or tamper with rail cars or engines at all.But to this day,The museum staff are holding a grudge against me warning myself never to return to the museum.But I know they’re wrong.They don’t understand Autistically handicapped people to well.It’s time to get people like’em invovled & learn not to turn autistic peole like myself away from things like trains.I’ve a high passion for trains & do want to respect’em.Not to abuse’em or tamper with’em.So where’s a railfan & historian like myself gonna go to next if I can’t go to Spencer NC.? Maybe to another rail museum 100 miles away where staff can learn to respect autistically handicappers other than myself.Then I wouldn’t have all these run-ins with the law.It’s time to get involved people!So go to the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer with your autistic child or adult one day.Talk with the museum staff on how they treat autistically handicappers like myself.Maybe there’s one main reason on why they’re against me comin’ back.I need to be like a normal regular museum visitor & learn to follow the right rules.I miss the transportation museum a lot & miss those museum train rides as well.So people with autism,Listen up.I speak for Autism.Thanks for your time.

  14. kelly bove
    May 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I love this story. I live this everyday with my 7 yr old autistic son. I am happy to hear POSITIVE things.

  15. Carolyn M
    May 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you for your possitive story. It touched my heart. There are sooo many good, understanding people out there.

  16. laura
    May 14, 2011 at 1:32 am

    I often wonder what to do, my 12 yr old son who looks perfectly normal and is a big tall boy has no idea how cruel the world can be, what is it that I can get to indicate that my son does have a disability? I know there are the puzzle neckless or braceletts, just not sure he would want to where one. I’m so scared of kids or even adults hurting my son at times, I don’t know what to do. But yes it’s always good to hear stories of people that are out there with compassion. Thanks for that. : )

  17. Pamela Evans
    May 14, 2011 at 2:22 am

    This is such an inspiring story. My grandson is 61/2 as is autistic. He is so smart and inquizitive. He has to touch everything and is constantly chattering about trains, dinosaurs and his favorite fire engines and firemen. He’s very loud when speaking and has a speech impediment. So it’s very hard to understand him and he gets so frustrated. The men at 2 of our volunteer fire depts. were so impressed with my grandson and his questions that on his 6th birthday then all signed and presented him with his very own fire helmet, uniform jacket and badges. He is an honorary member of 2 volunteer fire depts. even though he lives 2000 miles away in Idaho. I wish more people would be understanding and ask questions instead of smart and obnoxtious outbursts and talk to and teach their children acceptance. He has been beaten up and cursed at at school by other children and the school says nothing. My grandson doesn’t understand they are being mean and making fun of him. He gets upset if his Mom and Dad want to go to school and straighten things out. He tells them it will only get worse. I feel for him and wish I could just swoop him up and away from meaness and make sure nothing ever happens like that again, but I know he has to learn to take up for himself. He’s a beautiful child and very loving. Oh, and by the way he was adopted by my daughter and her husband when he was 3mos. old. My other daughter’s oldest daughter who is also 61/2 is his mentor and his defender. Sorry to rattle on, but I’m very passionate about teaching people and letting the world know autism is not contageous; it’s a way of life. It’s their world and it’s beautiful.

    • Mrs. Sikorski
      May 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      TO: Pamela Evans….

      Please have your family check into the laws in Idaho, governing that…
      If the School personnel are aware that a Special Needs child is being abused by other children, in the school… The school is held accountable, and is heavily fined. This law will get the Administration and School board to do their job!
      P.R. Sikorski

  18. Tina Phillips
    May 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I loved this story. 1) i loved the fact that the officer understood what special needs meant and backed off 20 I loved the fact that he was walking a dog, if he had been alone with the dog would the cop have handled it the same way. Was the dog labeled with a collar of special needs dog. Was he wearing au identifying clothes that might help the officer 3) and thirdly how does the dog do?
    Does he get nervous or has he neen trained to learn that some manerisms are unique and the dog doesn’t mind. My focus is in providing dogs to the Autistic Community and by alerting th poice and anyone that this is a special needs dog. Where was the dog trained? I am very interested in talking with this family. I live near LAX CA and could come and see you. thx, tinag1010@aol.com 310 902-4054

    • Joshua
      May 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Tina, thanks for your interest in our story. Our dog, Louie is not a registered special needs pet, but I just noticed Andrew’s sensitivity toward our dogs. He just happens to calm down when Louie sits on his lap or is very focused on walking when he holds one of our dogs by the leash. Andrew is always accompanied by at least one of our family members during our walks

      • Barbara Cordone
        June 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm

        Joshua, I knew my son Mario needed something else in his home besides just me and his sister; he had no friends and my daughters were always around so I had wanted to get him a dog but our landlord said “no dogs” so I bought hime a kitten. What a huge difference in Mario having our cat “Snickers” has made. It has taught him about love, caring and compassion to other living things more than I could have. Again thanks for your wonderful story.

  19. Brenda Parris
    May 14, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I read this blog with keen interest as I too live in worry and fear about these encounters. You see, my son is Black and in a world that still is full of tension around race and racism and the role of the police in community relations, I live in worry about how my son will be treated. We need to explicitly recognize and deal with this dimension when we ‘street-proof’ our kids. I have taught my son to deal carefully and respectfully with police, give your name even when there is no reason to and to generally view the police as helpers, even though he reads the paper every day and sees the reality as often otherwise for young Black youth. We don’t live in a ‘tough or underpriviledged neighbourhood’ but that still does not make him safe to the slings and arrows of racism. I was horrified once when he was in a special needs programme and I had asked the staff to teach the kids how to deal with the police. Their response was to tell the kids their ‘rights’ and generally take an adversarial approach to dealings with the police – in my mind, a guarantee for possible conflict and potential incidents!! The staff were naive to the ways of the world and did the children a great disservice in preparing them for the future.
    Most programming for our children does not include this ‘diversity or multi-cultural dimension’ to our reality that our kids will face additional burdens and challenges. Please, let us start becoming more aware, incoprporate this diversity into our services and programming and start having the conversation about how our differences in life experience will have an impact on how we enter the world and how successful our children will become.

    • Joshua
      May 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      You are right on target mentioning “multi- cultural dimension” and teaching your son about courtesy with police. I want to mention that police patrol vehicles were more frequent the day Andrew and I went walking (in the story post). I was honestly tense, and irritated when we were stopped because we were new residents of a new neighborhood, and I did not want to apologize for how my brother moves or how we dress (which was in standard athletic sweat pants and jackets). But I decided to take the polite route, pleasantly and firmly stated our street name, and we were ultimately fortunate the officer knew what he was doing. Since then, we were never stopped. It can be a rough adjustment especially for your son and my brother, with any police incidents, and we need to keep talking about the “multi-cultural dimension”, so “being the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time” will not be an reason for any future negative police incidence involving special needs people.

  20. Greg B
    May 15, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Our story did not turn out so well. My boys are 5 yrs a part. Our oldest had brought his younger brother to the mall. Our youngest son has aspergers which does not show in his physical appereance unless you study him closely. Because he is pretty high functioning we would let them go the mall together. I think they were 19 and 14 at the time. While in a small video game store Colin left his younger brother for a brief time to speak to a school mate who was in the store directly across for the video store. (100ft). I’m still not sure how it happened, but the store manager thought my son was attempting to steal a magazine. I think what makes me angry is that my son had bought things in that store many times. Always with his Mother and from this same guy.
    Anyway the manager appoached him and accused. My son freaked, he has never even considered the thought of theft. He began to distort his face, growl and tell the guy to get away so he could leave. Mall police were called and threw him to the ground handcuffing him. They were very close to the store. This all to place in an estimated 2 minute from beginning to end. My oldest walked in the store screaming to leave him alone he was autistic. My son has never been the same, he hates and doesn’t trust police. He was so tramatized He remained shaking in the fetal position for hours. Even after much therapy and a meeting the officer envolved months later. I feel for my oldest as much as his brother. He has always been great about taking his brother places and still feels very responsible. I do not blame him or the officer. I had often felt safe leaving him in the magazine isle at the grocerie store. I guess not showing any outward signs of his autism until he has an episode is a blessing and a curse.

    • Joshua
      May 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Bringing Andrew to the mall still can be a challenge as well. I watched our family’s old home video of a Disneyland trip, and Andrew was 4. There’s a rough cut during a part when Dad had to calm him down, after he was jumping around near “it’s a small world” and he got too close to another kid. No one was harmed, but in the 1980’s and at that age, Andrew just looked excited to get on the ride. I can say now, that medication and growth made moments like that one less common, but social adjustments are constantly being made. Andrew looks like he’s a grad student or college football player, unless one sees him frustrated or begin his stemming. I genuinely understand your story. I appreciate the attention and care your family has for your son. A social challenge for my generation will undoubtedly be general education, and workplace training on “developmental disability awareness.” I do believe, that the more often Andrew went out for recreation and travel, he got used to behaving a certain way in public. For both of our families, however, there is a need for greater adjustments in “the world outside autism” to help your son and my brother fully enjoy what both worlds have to offer.

  21. laura
    May 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    To GregB:
    Wow, I feel like I could just place my son in your scenario with your son, you worded your post so much better then I could have. My son is also high functioning who has asperger’s, so like him there is no actual signs or appearance that there is a condition with him unless you pay real good attention. My son would have probably freaked out too just like that. I really have to think about some things, 1.) My son goes to the electronic dept when we are at stores all the time while I’m looking around. Not sure I should be letting him do this anymore. He want’s to be social so bad, but can not interact with kids his own age, It breaks my heart for him. I am still looking for outlets for him socialably. For some reason or other it’s not a good match for some programs for various reasons. I’m still looking and will not stop. He loves loves loves wrestling!!! I can’t find a program who would teach kids with condition’s wrestling. I hope I find something for my son soon with summer approaching, it’s going to be rough watching my son suffer with being alone and bored. : (

    • Barbara Cordone
      June 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Laura. You didn’t mention your sons age but my heart goes out to you. Like your son, my son Mario (age 14) is extremely high functioning and yearns for social companionship. You cannot tell by looking at him that he is any different than any other young man. He cannot tell when others are picking on him or making fun of him so I (and my daughter) are very protective of him. Have you thought of getting him a dog or a cat? It may sound silly but it makes an absolutely huge difference in their lives. It is amazing how much an animal can teach them about caring and compassion. People with autism and animals have a special bond. If your son is that high functioning I would also recommend finding a program not just for autistic people and speaking with the person who runs that program about your son. You also would have to be there during this program of course, but after time you and he might become so comfortable with it that eventually he would be okay to spend some time in that program on his own. My son attends a boxing class 3X a week and after 8 or 9 months of going is now able to be dropped off in front and attend the class alone. He has even made friends there. I was lucky to find this program and it turned out that the woman who runs it has a boy with aspergers herself. But it’s only one hour three times weekly and that leaves alot of time. I have been unable to find anything for him for this summer that is near where we live. So much awareness about autism but in reality there isn’t much for our children to do for the summers.

  22. Nick
    May 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    My son has moderate to severe autism he is 18 years old in a very good residential school but I do fear that his lack of communication skills will get him into trouble too. He is partially verbal but not always clear for instance when he wants to go outside he says neaker (he is trying to say sneaker
    usually his sneakers are off in the house) Some staff working with him thought he was saying nigger. Luckily the staff reported this and I was able to clarify that he was saying sneaker not nigger. There are many african american staff @ the residential school and when my son gets upset he usually likes to go outside so thats why he asks for his neaker (Sneaker)

  23. Joshua
    May 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Thank you all for sharing your experiences and kind words. This post is considered “old” by now, but I hope this conversation continues. I am 22 and Andrew is 28, so I grew up with the awareness that every autistic person’s needs are very unique, especially with regards to public safety. The bridge of understanding between our police and special needs family will be more visible and stronger when stories like ours are more commonly printed, or “blogged.” All your comments are a source of strength not only for me, but for every family member who must stand by their brother, sister, son, daughter or themselves to ensure they are safe in their own world and our’s.

  24. May 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Joshua thank you for sharing the story of the walk with your brother and this encounter with the officer. As a mother of a nineteen year old son with ASD and former officer with 21 years experience, some questions would have come to my mind. (1) Why did the officer approach you? (2) Had someone called indicating there was a problem? (3) Had this officer been trained in a disability sensitivity training course of any kind?

    The reason I would be curious would be to not only educate myself in why such encounters transpire, but to also use these as examples of good outcomes and what others can do when they happen. Often we hear of the negative incidents and when expectations may not be know or actions not understood. As a mother I wonder what would have happened had you not been there and Andrew had this encounter alone.

    I would also urge others reading this to visit the Autism Speaks Safety Project page and access the resources and information available there. Additionally my husband and I started an organization called L.E.A.N. On Us that has quite a few free resources available to assist families in educating their local first responders. Please visit http://www.leanonus.org. If your local jurisdiction does not have a 911 registry, I’d urge you to have them do so. Additionally there are many more things you can do to assist in this area and many of those examples are on our website.

    Working together to meet the needs of all members of our communities is essential. Ensuring our loved ones have a good relationship with law enforcement is key, especially when there may be a day they will be needed for assistance.

    With much appreciation to you and Andrew.

    • Joshua
      May 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks Officer Carolyn for your kind words and interest. I do not know why the officer stopped us, but I do recall there were a lot of patrol cars around the neighborhood that day. I have only inclinations. We are new residents to our community (which is a new development), and Andrew and I wore standard athletic clothes (jacket and sweat pants). I do not know if a neighbor made a call, which if true, would be ridiculous as I do not believe there was anything about our physical appearance to raise reasonable suspicion. I do not know what kind of training the officer received, but he visibly understood the need to back off when I explained Andrew has special needs. I just “liked” the FB page. I’ll read more about the program. It looks great!

  25. Christine SN
    May 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

    When I read the headline of this article, my heart dropped. I expected a very sad ending.

    I had a very bad experience in a military PX in NY. My whole family was kicked out because my son looked “funny” and would not respond to the staff walking around the store. He was only 3 yrs old. I tried to explain at that that time he only responded to me and that he wasn’t a threat- they didn’t care.

    I lived around law enforcement (Family and friends) and I feared how my son would be treated as an adult if he encountered the police. It’s nice to know the military has come a long way and the police enlightenment is evident at least in this case. I just truly hope ALL law enforcement is receiving some training regarding autistic people (especially males) and become more patient with their handling of that population.

  26. May 18, 2011 at 5:28 am

    What a beautiful story, very well written. I have an eight year-old boy that is non-verbal. That story touched my heart. Thank you!

  27. Greg B
    May 18, 2011 at 10:30 am

    To Laura

    laura :To GregB:Wow, I feel like I could just place my son in your scenario with your son, : (

    My son is now 18. The fact he is now over 6 feet and 275lbs I hate to think of the means that would be used to restrain him. He and his brother still go places. Colin is 23. I still leave him in the magazine aisle. Steven feels his own limitations now socially and sometimes is afraid to be alone in social situations. I have instructed him to bring up his autism quickly in conversations. And expecially with people in authority. Steven is aware that what happened to him was a case of mistaken identity and due to the fact no one was aware of his autism. During the episode never did he say “I have autism.” I think now he would. So he kind of likes taking on the role of the advocate and introducing himself as a person living with autism. I’m not sure if that is the right way to deal with this, (I never have known the right way, just our way). But I think that is what he needs to get in the habbit of doing so people know. Having so little freedom to interact and be independent I didn’t want to strip him of being like most kids and wander the store away from his parents. So far so good! PS I’ve never been active on boards or support organizations. It is nice to feel the understanding of the group and maybe along the way help someone else feel less alone in this.

  28. Barbara Cordone
    June 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Joshua, I think you are a wonderful and caring brother. When a family member has autism I think it brings that family closer together to protect the autistic member because many people do not have autism in their families and just don’t understand the dynamics it brings. I have a 14 yr. old autistic son and a 12 yr. old daughter. There are very few places in which I would leave my son alone publicly that I know he would be “safe”. My daughter or myself has to be with him because outcomes of situations are unpredictable. I often wonder what would happen if my son was ever confronted by a police officer. I would hope that the police officer was informed about autism. Thank you for sharing; I am happy the outcome was not what I expected. The title of the story had me apprehensive and I’m glad things worked out as they did.

  29. Alisha
    June 16, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I really was starting to belivie that we were the only family memebers of a autisic person the cops have been called on. The funny thing that always happends every time is the first question the officer asks after being told my son is autisic. They ask “Do you have a pamphlet?” Like that is protocol for them to ask. Every single time. Like I carry one around, butbit got me thinking. So I talked to his ALTA worker and they payed for his Medical Alert bracelet. (Well for my son its a tag that ties with his shoe lace) So now I tell them “no pamphlet but I have a Medical Alert Bracelet” and that seem to work just fine.

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