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For many parents who have children with autism, not knowing the child's whereabouts is a daily fear. Children with autism sometimes wander away from their homes and it's important that law enforcement have the necessary training to handle these types of situations. If a child with autism is lost, different measures may need to be taken to find him or her than if the situation involves a child who doesn't have autism.

We need to provide our law enforcement with background training on autism and how it might affect the behavior of children who have wandered off. An encounter with a lost child with autism has the potential to be confusing and harmful if police aren't educated on the nature of autism.

Ask Attorney General Eric Holder to encourage autism training for police departments around the country.

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Dear Attorney General Eric Holder,

A missing child is a nightmare for any parent and law enforcement agency. But a lost child with autism can be a whole different situation. Children with autism sometimes have the propensity to wander, but the protocol for locating them needs to be handled with specialized methods and care.

For example, a child with autism might respond to law enforcement differently than a child without autism, and this reaction has the ability to alarm police and bystanders. What we need to do is prevent situations in which police are using misguided force or restraint that might otherwise be used in another routine situation.

Children with autism also respond to different triggers and cues, and police should be trained on how to identify autism's characteristics so that they may be more equipped to help or find the lost individual.

Please support country-wide autism training for our law enforcement.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


Sep 17, 2014 Jennifer Schutte
Sep 16, 2014 rose gonzales I have a son, whom has autism. I would like to know that the law enforcement is well educated and trained on how to handle children and adults with the autism spectrum.
Sep 16, 2014 Holly Rutledge
Sep 14, 2014 Elissa Nelson
Sep 11, 2014 kaitlin kennedy
Sep 7, 2014 Stephanie Linke
Sep 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 5, 2014 Carmelita Wells
Sep 5, 2014 Danny Wyrick
Sep 5, 2014 Kelsey Villalvazo This is a must
Sep 5, 2014 Charity White
Sep 5, 2014 Eileen Casey I have two kids on the spectrum. Long story short, they have had horrible experiences with law enforcement and would be afraid to approach an officer if they were in trouble.
Sep 5, 2014 Tiffany Pecora
Sep 5, 2014 craig gaunson
Sep 5, 2014 (Name not displayed) No comments
Sep 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 5, 2014 Kim Butz
Sep 4, 2014 Ben Fischer
Sep 4, 2014 Sherry Stickney
Sep 4, 2014 Kat Severson
Sep 4, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2014 diann carrothers I may have already signed this.
Sep 4, 2014 (Name not displayed) Police, other emergency responders and teachers should be educated on how to react and respond to such occasions. The awareness needs to be more.
Sep 4, 2014 Laura Gross As many people as their are today that have autism, officers need to know how to deal with an autistic individual without using violence or deadly force.
Sep 4, 2014 Mollie Decker
Sep 4, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2014 Robert Ortiz
Sep 4, 2014 Chris Wyrick
Sep 4, 2014 Troy Titus Project lifesaver does exactly what is called for here.
Sep 4, 2014 Alan Hendrix
Sep 4, 2014 Melissa Webster
Sep 4, 2014 amelia johnson
Sep 4, 2014 (Name not displayed) I think it would be beneficial for law enforcement to learn the difference between and autistic person acting out and criminal activity.
Sep 4, 2014 Michael W Evans
Sep 3, 2014 Aprill Clay Yes, provide Autism Training to Law Enforcement
Sep 3, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 3, 2014 Logan Young
Sep 3, 2014 Laurin Pearce
Sep 3, 2014 renee tonn
Sep 3, 2014 hannah brill lofland As the mom of a non verbal autistic boy 11, this isn't just necessary, it is vital for the survival of these kids. Close your eyes and imagine if your child got away and you had no idea where to find them only to have them handcuffed? TRAIN PLEASE
Sep 3, 2014 Donna Smith
Sep 3, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 3, 2014 Karen Wisneski
Sep 3, 2014 Misty Ferk
Sep 3, 2014 Barb Leahy
Sep 3, 2014 Yvette Castillo
Sep 3, 2014 (Name not displayed) My grandson is autistic and my son is a police officer. He has encounted autistic adults. His interaction with his nephew has helped him handle these encounters. He was training other officers in the field when these situations occurred.
Sep 3, 2014 (Name not displayed) There is a great need for law enforcement training.
Sep 3, 2014 A Carroll Police officers & other emergency responders need to be trained in responding to an autistic child!
Sep 3, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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