Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Devices to Help Our Children Who Can’t Speak for Themselves

02/06/2016 | Published by: Loretta Castro

Many of our children can’t speak for themselves. Some can’t remember the medications they are on or who their doctors may be. There are children who sometimes wander off and do not know their address or phone numbers so that they may be brought safely back to where they belong. Many children are nonverbal and that becomes a different fear all together—especially if they have wandered away from you or you have been in an accident. 

Now there are a wide variety of items that provide a voice for people with disabilities or special healthcare needs. Some provide important information if your loved one gets lost. Other devices can speak for your child and help get them back to you. If you’re ever in an accident, the devices can speak for your child as well. Some of our kids have an “invisible” disability such as autism, developmental delay, seizures, ADD, ADHD, vision or hearing impairment, etc. Some devices are programmed to hold your child’s entire medical chart and can also let paramedics and police know that your child has a disability. These devices can be lifesavers in so many different situations.  

Most of us know about the bracelets that identify someone as having diabetes, alzheimer’s, asthma, etc. But did you know that there are compartment bracelets and pendants that have hidden compartments and are waterproof? Some companies sell an ICE (in case of emergency) SOS bracelets with waterproof cards that you can use to record important information. Some engravable bracelets include a special safety clasp that requires 2 hands to clasp or unclasp the bracelet, so the person wearing it can’t take it off.

There are also medical history bracelets that include a USB with preloaded software that you can use to enter important information. The medical alert symbol on the bracelet alerts first responders that it contains emergency medical information.

Iron on clothing labels, stickers and bag tags are available that can help you to identify things like allergy alerts. Have you seen the USB Medical ID Wallet Card? This is usually about the size of a business card or electronic hotel key card. It includes a USB with varying storage sizes, usually compatible with any computer USB port. This could include medical records, contact information and more. There are also metal pill fobs for your keychain or necklace. 

To get you started, here are a few links to companies who sell these types of devices:

There are other companies who sell this type of equipment, of course, so be sure to search for them on the internet. And don’t forget to use our Find Services, Groups and Events page to search for more helpful resources.

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