For anyone, needing an ambulance can be a stressful and challenging experience. This can be especially true for people with learning disabilities or autism, who may face additional barriers to accessing and using the ambulance service.
To help reduce these barriers, the London Ambulance Service (LAS) has developed resources that provide clear and accessible information on what to expect when an ambulance comes, including any assessments that may need to be completed and what the ambulance looks like inside. By increasing understanding and reducing anxiety, these resources aim to promote greater engagement with the ambulance service, regardless of a person’s disability status.
These resources were created with input from people who have been in these situations before. They include an easy-to-read document, a social story, and a video. All of these are designed to be easy to understand and will help people with learning disabilities or autism, as well as those who support them. They will help reduce anxiety and make it easier to use the ambulance service when it’s needed, so people can get the help they need for their health as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know has a learning disability or autism, you can use these resources to help prepare for any future ambulance needs. You can print out the easy-to-read document or social story, or watch the video online. By using these resources, you can be more confident in using the ambulance service when it’s needed, and get the help you need for your health as soon as possible.