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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

Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 Adria Meyers
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 Rachel Moody
Oct 5, 2015 Gina Daniel
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed) Yes we desperately need more understanding of autism for police, firefighters, and the public in general! Autism numbers are growing so we all need more education!
Oct 5, 2015 Cheri Biddix
Oct 5, 2015 sherry schofield
Oct 5, 2015 Kristen Parmer
Oct 5, 2015 Patti Liberatore
Oct 5, 2015 Joyce Pruitt
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 Stephanie Epright
Oct 5, 2015 Christie Smith
Oct 5, 2015 Jennifer Wade As an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist, the importance of this training law enforcement offices can not be delayed. Autism has risen to 1 in 64 males and how individuals with ASD are approached is front and center as to how an interaction occur.
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 Ashley Wade
Oct 5, 2015 Donna Falcon
Oct 5, 2015 Deb Robarge If we as a society expect everyone to do their best and participate as active members, we need to remember that some members have more challenges than others.
Oct 5, 2015 Mary Brodwolf
Oct 5, 2015 aimee hunter
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed) This is the best thing I have read recently as we have had a bad experience ourselves with a similar thing which was very upsetting for all and could of been prevented if the police understood autism better
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed) I think they need training for people with autism and people with PTSD.
Oct 5, 2015 Cathy Tadder
Oct 5, 2015 Sommer White
Oct 5, 2015 Donns McVey Everyone needs to learn the right and wrong ways to deal with those with special needs as well as how to read their behaviors in atypical circumstances.
Oct 5, 2015 Priscilla Broughman
Oct 5, 2015 Kimberly Smith I have a son on the spectrum and I fear daily what would happen in a situation like this as they can give off a a vibe of hiding something when under pressure.
Oct 5, 2015 taelor norton
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 Judy Lewnard
Oct 5, 2015 chad lowe law enforcement needs better training .
Oct 5, 2015 Eboni Dunbar
Oct 5, 2015 Bethany Colacchio
Oct 5, 2015 Connie Andrade
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed) We need more law enforcement trained to handle autistic people. Child and adults react different if they are autistic. It could prevent things on both sides and wrongful arrests...
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed) With two grandchildren on the spectrum I worry how they respond to situations that cause stress. One suffers apraxia and knowing emergency responders are aware of ASD issues would be helpful to all involved.
Oct 4, 2015 Santana Silvers
Oct 4, 2015 Jennie Johnson
Oct 4, 2015 Stephanie parks
Oct 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2015 Kelly Armstrong
Oct 4, 2015 Josie Nuno It is imperative that all law enforcement be required to get Autism response training around the country. With the alarming amount of children in the U.S. being diagnosed with Autism, their children's safety is now a growing concern for parents.
Oct 4, 2015 Jennifer Nation
Oct 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2015 stephanie Meier I have a 7 yr old son that has Autism & I agree that this training is very nessacary. Autistic kids shouldn't ever have to go thru what Troy did. We don't want our children on the spectrum to be afraid of the men that are here to protect& serve country
Oct 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2015 Lisa Lee
Oct 4, 2015 maritza martinez
Oct 4, 2015 Lauren Kochel

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