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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


Jul 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2015 Michael Reuther
Jul 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2015 Patricia Armstrong
Jul 4, 2015 Melissa Wass
Jul 3, 2015 Monica Perez
Jul 2, 2015 (Name not displayed) This law would protect plenty of children and families. I wish it will come to live soon.
Jul 1, 2015 caro shu i work with autistic children
Jul 1, 2015 Cornisha Gomillion
Jun 29, 2015 Lois Ingram
Jun 29, 2015 Kathleen Kirkpatrick
Jun 28, 2015 Toni Soderholm
Jun 27, 2015 Michelle Ceccarelli Oh yes the police are my biggerst fear for my autistic grandson who is only 4 years old but he can not speak my fear is when he becomes a teenager and if he is still unable to speak and the brutality of the police I'd they feel they are being disrespected
Jun 27, 2015 n. gottlieb
Jun 26, 2015 Jody Domsalla As the grandmother and guardian to a profoundly autistic teenager, we need this
Jun 26, 2015 Polly Tolliver
Jun 25, 2015 Tracey Good
Jun 25, 2015 Camille Dent
Jun 25, 2015 Kathleen Tashiro
Jun 25, 2015 Don Carpenter
Jun 25, 2015 Ruth Yates
Jun 24, 2015 Cassandra Hoover I have aspergers syndrome,epilepsy,and high functioning autism
Jun 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2015 Jeffory Richeson 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.
Jun 24, 2015 Manny Cohan
Jun 23, 2015 Jennifer Pettit
Jun 23, 2015 violet niblick I have a grandson with aspergers and this is my constant fear that he will run off from us and I have nightmares almost every night about itso it would be a comfort knowing that the law enforcement would be there knowing what to do.Thank you
Jun 23, 2015 Kristina Lockey
Jun 23, 2015 (Name not displayed) I support this bill, make it happen, i have 2 kids under the spectrum who likes to wanders
Jun 23, 2015 Shelly Bamburg
Jun 23, 2015 Deborah Stroud
Jun 23, 2015 kinshara McClain
Jun 23, 2015 jessica Gravitt
Jun 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2015 Nicole LaMonte DeGolier This is so important!!!
Jun 23, 2015 Christina DiGiulio please help in keeping my son and so many others on the spectrum safe!
Jun 23, 2015 Kaitlin Kennedy
Jun 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2015 Darla Farmer
Jun 22, 2015 King King This law is needed for all, autism training may save time, pain (for all involed) and even a life!
Jun 22, 2015 Louis Saltzman
Jun 22, 2015 (Name not displayed) I have to Great nieces who are on the spectum
Jun 21, 2015 Dorothy Garcia
Jun 20, 2015 Theresa Hartman
Jun 20, 2015 Theresa Paden
Jun 20, 2015 Dolores Jones
Jun 20, 2015 Marion Earley
Jun 20, 2015 Sarah Codrington
Jun 20, 2015 alena benson Autistic children are not violent by nature. They are individuals who are just confused and struggling with autism. It is so vital for police officers to get the training to deal with autistic behaviour. Just simply putting the individual in handcuff is.
Jun 19, 2015 Barye Dellinger Compassion is critical for survival. Compassion by service people for all of the people we encounter. Hate is banished by empathy. Hurt is transformed. Compassion is the key. Empathy. Kindness. Love. Love always wins.

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