App Review: Emergency Chat

Like a lot of autistics, I sometimes lose my ability to speak clearly. Usually from being tired or stressed or in shutdown. But can still usually type ok. So when I heard about a free app designed for that very eventuality, I had to try it out.

The app is called Emergency Chat and is available for both iOS and Android phones. When you open it, you get a message that reads:

“Meltdown

I gave you my phone because I can’t use it process speech right now, but I am still capable of text communication. My hearing and tactile senses are extremely sensitive in this state, so please refrain from touching me. Please keep calm, and proceed to the next screen that has a simple chat client through which we can communicate.”

Luckily, this message can be edited so you can get it to say whatever you want. Because,while the default is well written, it may not apply to everyone. For example, I am going to remove the heading of Meltdown because it’s not accurate. I cannot communicate even by text during a meltdown. Perhaps Shutdown might be better for me?

The next screen you get is a simple chat interface that works really well. You can adjust a few things, like font size, in settings. Here’s what it looks like:

I’ve messed around a bit with it, chatting to my daughter, but haven’t tested it during a time when I’ve “lost my words”. But so far so good. It’s easy to use and could be quite useful. At least it’s one more option in my toolbox.

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  1. It’s so simple, yet so effective. I’ve been having more and more difficulty with my verbal communications over the last decade. I thought it was the neurological changes I’ve experienced from my illnesses, but it may turn out I’ve always been this way and just didn’t realize it. I took a test, becoming more and more suspicious lately… turns out I’m probably, we’ll as far as I can tell, definitely, autistic. I suppose I should wait for testing, but everything I’ve read, we’ll it just makes so much sense and the tests I’ve taken are all saying the same thing. Anyway, this could be helpful for me on many levels with so many conditions. I think I’ll try it out. Thanks for sharing it on the Zebra Pit!

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    • So many of my Zebra friends come to realise they are autistic too. And I’ve helped so many autistic people join the dots and realise they have EDS/POTS/MCAS (often all three). So I’m not surprised in the least that you may be autistic.

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