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can someone enlighten me, please?


I know that the "Baby on Board" sign originated in the RV driving community in the US to alert the emergency services in the event of an accident that there was a small child to be found and accounted for.

I appreciate that in the western world it has now become the norm for all parents to proudly announce their parenthood by affixing such a sign to their car.  Indeed there are now "Grandchild on Board" signs for the next generation and even "Cheeky Monkey" and "Little Princess" signs for them as like 'em.

But can anyone explain the purpose of the yellow diamond-shaped sign I saw in the back of a car yesterday that declared, "Autistic Person on Board"?

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  1. Here’s a link to explain it

    Hi Rus

    I found this link:

    about half way down the page is an explanation of the sticker.

    I wonder if there is something similar available for people with dementia? I can imagine that, in the event of an accident, someone with dementia could be similarly disturbed and would need to be handled sensitively.


  2. thanks Jenny….

    Thanks that answers the question perfectly.  With regard to your comment about dementia sufferers it would similarly make sense, the isseu in either case would be whether such a sign were affixed to a vehicle or somehow specifically identified the individual….which could bring about all the usual (legitimate) issues of dignity and freedom from labelling.

    My own father's dementia was only recognised because he took his dustbin out and just kept walking……a passer by noticed the address on the bin…at the time he was about a quarter of a mile from home (at 10 pm at night in his dressing gown)….the passer by took him home to my, by now distraught mother and she took him to the doctor the next day.

    Thanks again

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