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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


Jul 29, 2014 Jan Smith
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Jul 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2014 Katreena Patmore
Jul 26, 2014 haley bishop
Jul 26, 2014 Shirley Dechenne
Jul 26, 2014 Angela lyckowski
Jul 26, 2014 Kristen Mowery
Jul 26, 2014 Sarah Crossley
Jul 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Kristina Aguilera
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) My brother has severe autism but appears as a normal 6 ft 250 male which means it would be very easy for someone to mistake a behavior for aggression.
Jul 25, 2014 Amber hull
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please require autism training for police.
Jul 25, 2014 Barbara Bennett
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Eileen Boharsik
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Brittney Dougherty My husband is a law enforcement officer and we have a three year old autistic son. We fully support and understand the need for training!!
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Erika Fields It's important even for law enforcement to learn how to handle children with Autism and understand how their world works. They deserve the love just as much as other children.
Jul 25, 2014 Elizabeth Farrah
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Jul 25, 2014 Teresa Temple
Jul 25, 2014 Jeanette Hardam
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Stacy Goodwin
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) Training is needed to understand non-communicating individuals.
Jul 25, 2014 Heidi Wood I work in the field of developmental disabilities and have a son with autism. Everyone who works with the general public should have some training like this!
Jul 25, 2014 Marissa Barbaro
Jul 25, 2014 Nicole Corpus
Jul 25, 2014 Antoinum Sandhu
Jul 25, 2014 Teri McAnn
Jul 25, 2014 Amanda Gosnell
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Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Alicia Miller
Jul 25, 2014 Elizabeth Byington
Jul 25, 2014 Laura Morris
Jul 25, 2014 Rowena Ruiz-DeGuzman
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please help our loved ones who aren't able to communicate for their own selves.
Jul 25, 2014 Linda Spangenberger
Jul 25, 2014 DAVID WOOLBERT
Jul 25, 2014 Leslie Yeager So, so important!!!!
Jul 25, 2014 Ronna Whitaker
Jul 25, 2014 Toni Gundrum I am a mother of a 3 year old autistic child. I think there needs to be more training and awareness out there.

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