Cards applied for: 95

Introducing the 'Connect Card'

‘Connect’ is an initiative aimed at helping people with a particular condition or disability explain their communication needs subtly and succinctly to service providers in the community. 

The project is a collaboration between the States of Jersey and disability groups, who have recognised the pressing need for a simple solution that will enable customer facing organisations in the public and private sectors to deliver outstanding service to all of their customers.  In particular by assisting those who are affected by particular conditions or disabilities to communicate their needs with dignity and discretion. 

The following plan outlines our vision for a pilot scheme to launch this initiative, and highlights the funding that will be required in bringing the project to life.

Apply for yours now

APPLY

What is Connect Card?

Connect’ enables people who are affected by often invisible conditions or disabilities to communicate their needs, or raise awareness of their circumstances, with dignity and discretion, most commonly in a public environment. The idea is that users will carry an easily identifiable card to be shown to a full range of service providers – from bar staff to hospital workers to airport security – to communicate the individual’s disability and consequent needs in a subtle and succinct way.

The Connect card will be roughly the size of a business card or credit card, and will feature under the ‘Connect’ brand, the cardholder’s name, an emergency telephone number and the name of the cardholder’s disability or condition (if they choose to include it). Above that, and perhaps most importantly, the card will set out, in bullet point style, information advising the recipient of the card as to what they can do to help the cardholder. The card will be carried in a clear plastic wallet, with space for a secondary supporting card, if extra details need to be included.

Connect Story

Due to the link with the ED User Group and other charities, SNAP became aware of an item that was high on the wish list of both parents and professionals sitting on this panel and also relating to experiences of other families outside of the forum. This was a ‘passport’ document to provide important details that professionals would need to know when caring for their young person. Various ideas had been considered but there had been no decision to getting anything in place.

A local working group called SNAP Jersey (Special needs Advisory Panel) presented the concept of a community recognised communication aid to Senator Routier, as a consequence of experiences within the hospital and wider community by parents of young children with communication needs. It was appreciated that a community-recognised communication aid was something that could be beneficial to patients and professionals alike.

Friends of Connect Card

‘Connect’ enables people who are affected by often invisible conditions or disabilities to communicate their needs, or raise awareness of their circumstances, with dignity and discretion, most commonly in a public environment.

See who our friends are

FAQ's

  • Who is the connect card for?

    The Connect card is meant for anyone with a condition or disability that might affect their ability to communicate and interact within the community. For example, people who are on the autistic spectrum, visually impaired, hard of hearing or deaf. Beyond the actual cardholders, the card will also be beneficial to service providers, who can adapt their service provision the cardholder’s specific needs.

  • How much does it cost?

    The Connect card is free of charge.

  • How do I apply for a Connect card

    You can apply online here on the Connect Card website.

  • Who do I contact if I am having trouble applying on line

    Click Here to contact a member of our staff who will be happy to assist you.

Sponsored by

lions club
Click here to open a modal window