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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

Nov 24, 2015 . danio It's a hassle to set up, but once individuals are trained, their knowledge is available for any future time when it might come in handy.
Nov 23, 2015 Shelly bradley
Nov 20, 2015 (Name not displayed) It is very important for Police officers to understand how to handle someone with Autism.
Nov 20, 2015 Alethea Marsh
Nov 19, 2015 (Name not displayed) To protect, you have to understand the people who need you
Nov 18, 2015 Jennifer Mcneely
Nov 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2015 Julian Kern
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 14, 2015 Isabela Lund
Nov 13, 2015 Cecilia Ferrufino
Nov 9, 2015 Mandy Curtis
Nov 8, 2015 Barbara DelFava Basic knowledge of mental health issues should be covered during training at the police academy.
Nov 8, 2015 Betsy Gudz
Nov 7, 2015 tonya abordo I believe this is a good thing for cops to teach others bc sometimes it can be very hard to distinguish the two
Nov 7, 2015 Elizabeth Hunter This is very important. I have a daughter with extreme behavior issues and I live in fear of something like this happening. Our police officers need to know how to handle these situations without violence.
Nov 7, 2015 racheap barber I think it's important that everyone understand how to deal with autistic children. The cops especially.
Nov 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 7, 2015 (Name not displayed) This needs to be a priority!
Nov 7, 2015 Natalia Roque
Nov 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 7, 2015 (Name not displayed) Police officers in every city/town in the whole US should/must receive this training!
Nov 7, 2015 Janet Young Every police officer needs training.
Nov 6, 2015 Mary Snyder
Nov 6, 2015 shannon cleeton-crow
Nov 6, 2015 Christine Iadeluca
Nov 6, 2015 Pamm Land
Nov 6, 2015 Stacy Noeth
Nov 6, 2015 (Name not displayed) Our nations autistic children need law enforcement and (a huge percentage of teachers) need training in every state of our country.Please take the lead !
Nov 6, 2015 Vanessa Schoff
Nov 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2015 Miranda Carterette
Nov 6, 2015 Janice Phillips
Nov 6, 2015 Heather Caito
Nov 6, 2015 Erin Brown
Nov 6, 2015 Eva Rajczyk
Nov 6, 2015 Mary Callahan Hello as adult on the autism speculation scale I really think law enforcement needs to know the signs and traits of being locked from over
Nov 6, 2015 (Name not displayed) Essential training--needs to be mandatory.
Nov 6, 2015 Betty Parriott This is a very serious issue and would be very helpful for police officers to have training regarding Autism. An autistic child or teen, etc. does not react like a person normally would.
Nov 6, 2015 Dave Paoli
Nov 6, 2015 Darcy Schofill This should be required in the police academy and be part of continued education!
Nov 6, 2015 Ricia Hulbert
Nov 6, 2015 Yaritza Rodriguez
Nov 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2015 Sharon Curtis These Beautiful Autistic children and adults need our support. Let's do everything we can to help them lead a happy, healthy, loving and productive life.
Nov 6, 2015 kristina durbin most def needs to happen!
Nov 6, 2015 (Name not displayed) This should be in police academy
Nov 6, 2015 Eva Fotis
Nov 6, 2015 Judie Forquer I have a great grandaughter who is autistic and I am sure it would help understand their actions

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