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City of Tampa Voluntary Special Needs Registry

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The City of Tampa has expanded an innovative program to enhance communication between first responders and individuals with special needs such as autism or any disability that affects their communication.

This is now a dual effort between the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue to ensure citizens are safe when they have interactions with first responders.

The first step in the voluntary "Help Us. Help You” program is to collect addresses and some basic information for individuals with special needs. Our first responders will be able to access this vital information in the event of any emergency or call for service.

Once a resident registers, the stickers will be mailed to place in the windows or doors of the home. The stickers can also be placed on the individual’s vehicle.

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This will benefit citizens by reducing the possibility of misunderstandings or unnecessary stress for children and adults with disabilities when they come in contact with police and fire rescue.

Participating in this registry is strictly voluntary, and all information will be kept confidential.

If you have a child or loved one with a disability that affects their method of communication and/or ability to understand and follow verbal instructions, our first responders urge you to register for this program. It provides our first responders with information that can help us keep your family safe.

You can learn more about the program from our Frequently Asked Questions