IDs Help Emergency Workers With The Disabled

IDs Help Emergency Workers With The Disabled

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It's a new way to provide first responders with vital information when dealing with the disabled.

Standardized identification cards are now available across the state.  

In the event of an emergency, this could help first responders know if a patient has a disability and can't respond.   

The back of the ID card will include an emergency contact.

"It's completely voluntary. Nobody is forced to have one. It will facilitate effective communication with the police. Maybe they, in a pressured situation, don't remember where they live or don't remember how to interact or don't remember part of what just happened even they were just passing by," said Aileen Martin, executive director of Northern Regional Center for Independent Living.

To get an ID card locally, you can call the Northern Regional Center for Independent Living at 315-785-8703.

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