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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 Loretta Lynch to encourage autism training for police departments around the country.

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Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch,

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

May 23, 2016 LeiLani Ramsundar I definitely think that the police should have autism training. Especially now eith all the shootings. I totally think this should still happen.
May 23, 2016 Jenna Gazarek
May 23, 2016 Jose gerena
May 23, 2016 Crystal Rashad
May 23, 2016 Janese Gonzalez
May 23, 2016 Jade Jackson
May 23, 2016 DALIAH JONES
May 23, 2016 Kendra Ortega
May 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2016 Elisabetta Palma
May 22, 2016 Christine Ojeda
May 22, 2016 Debra Bellare
May 22, 2016 Matt Lunsford
May 22, 2016 Amber Cardwell As a mom with a son with autism this would be awesome. This way it will be safer on emergency responders and the person they are assiting.
May 22, 2016 Beth Banky
May 22, 2016 Jerry Markley
May 22, 2016 Jessicka Macias I have two kids with asd they four one dosnt like to be touch and is fearless unaware of surrounds the other has a temper and behavior problems and dosnt understand everything he agrees to they both have speech delay i would love to see this in san diego
May 22, 2016 Shelby Azar Autism training for police officers should be mandatory because of the amount of people diagnosed. Being able to recognize a person with Autism could safe a life.
May 22, 2016 Lourdez Torres
May 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) As an individual with Autism who also has a child who also has Autism, there have been times when law enforcement has not known how to properly interact with us. I highly recommend training.
May 22, 2016 MaryAnne Heil Great idea! We have a Grandson with autism and he has a melt down once in awhile!
May 22, 2016 Kristina Jelic I am a parent of a son with Autism and he is non verbal as well. Training is beyond needed for all individuals on the Spectrum. This training will help both Officers as well all on the Spectrum.
May 22, 2016 Julie Williamson
May 22, 2016 CRYSTAL KEISER-PLUNKETT I have two sons with autism and I think this would help tremendously!
May 22, 2016 Debbbie Lukasik
May 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) For my 3 year old son, Anthony.
May 22, 2016 Lena Davis What an amazing idea! Thank you!!
May 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) We are from Wilmington, NY
May 22, 2016 Tonya Cassel I would love to see this happen. My son is Autistic and he has many other diagnoses as well
May 22, 2016 Kelley Curtin Please do this not just for those on the spectrum and their families but also for those in law enforcement so that their jobs may be just a little bit less stressful. They are expected to do so much for the public but they need support and training. Thxs
May 22, 2016 Carrie Wadman
May 22, 2016 Christa Hamilton I am signing for my son and nephew who both has Autism.
May 21, 2016 Tim Case
May 21, 2016 N C I believe one must talk to autistic people when training law enforcement. Missing persons reports should be written without ableist terms such as "functioning level" (who functions well when scared), avoid infantile language and images (crop out toys).
May 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2016 Fran DeFillippo Please help. Thank you.
May 18, 2016 Joanne Taylor
May 18, 2016 Ashley Ard My son has autism and I believe every state should require training for special needs children and adults!!
May 18, 2016 Tricia Ahrens
May 18, 2016 Laura Martinez
May 18, 2016 Laura Fernandez
May 17, 2016 Christopher Lawson
May 17, 2016 Patty Clifton I have two grandchildren with ASD that are teenagers soon to be young adults. Our police offers MUST know that they do not react typically, and may appear to be threatening, when in fact are NOT. They have the kindest hearts in the world,and wuld never wa
May 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2016 (Name not displayed) Grand mother to two autistic boys, highly in favor of trading officers to deal with volatile situations involving children and adults with ASD. We have had on more tha. One occasion meltdowns that could easily escalate to problems.
May 17, 2016 Rachel Marzluft
May 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2016 Becki Harris My son falls under the spectrum however doesn't have autism. I would never want him treated so badly because his brain works differently.

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