VIDEO: More than 2,000 people applied to get New York's new Disability Identification Cards within the first three days they were made available.
The card is offered to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, including autism, and it's completely voluntary. It's designed to make first responders aware of a person's communication and behavioral challenges in situations where both could be key to public safety. For many families who worry that their loved one could end up in a precarious situation, the card is seen as a potential lifesaver.
The front of the card carries a general explanation of behaviors that can be anticipated from someone with developmental disabilities who is unexpectedly confronted: "I may have difficulty understanding and following your directions or may become unable to respond," the card's front statement begins.