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On September 25, 2014, the Justice Department said Holder would resign as soon as his successor is confirmed. Until that successor is confirmed, we will continue to petition Attorney General Holder for action on this important cause.
Goal: 20,000 Progress: 18,798
Sponsored by: The Autism Site

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


Nov 24, 2014 Casey Manner
Nov 24, 2014 teresa keller Thank you for your help.
Nov 24, 2014 Paul Depp
Nov 24, 2014 Brenna Carnevale
Nov 24, 2014 tasunka maza
Nov 24, 2014 Rebecca Hansen
Nov 24, 2014 Ashley barron
Nov 23, 2014 Shatarra Travier I have a 9 year old son living with Autism and because he is high functioning no one will help him.
Nov 20, 2014 Cathy Wineinger
Nov 19, 2014 Jessica Robertson
Nov 18, 2014 Sue Sharp I believe strongly that everyone should be trained to know the signs of Autism and to be able to protect these children from harm.....My grandson is autistic and sometimes I worry about him when he is getting out of school and walking home alone.....
Nov 18, 2014 Carl Travis
Nov 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2014 tara davis
Nov 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2014 Brian Klotsch This ones for you Veronica Greene! https://www.facebook.com/veronica.greene.505?fref=ts
Nov 16, 2014 Alesia Walters This is a wonderful Idea and it will give awareness to how to better deal with our autistic children who may get lost. It will also help them from being harmed in a situation, because the officer do not understand the disability.
Nov 16, 2014 Dorrie Wade My family deals with these fears daily as my son is typed as severe on the spectrum. He is a runner/eloper who never ceases to amaze us with his escaping skills.
Nov 16, 2014 sarah lake Continued:And all are not like Rainman.These children are not always 'typical.' However they do like to learn,and feel accepted. Remember our children will be running our country one day.
Nov 16, 2014 Frankie Smith I just had this conversation with my child's teacher last week.I believe it is extremely important that there be training for all law enforcements.They need to know what signs to look for and how to communicate with autistic children.
Nov 16, 2014 Amanda Brodhage It is extremely important to have the proper training for this type of incident, to ensure that nobody is harmed on either side. The children (& adults) need special care when being handled in any situation, as they are not in their normal surroundings.
Nov 16, 2014 Joe Yast
Nov 16, 2014 Trudy Lechner This training is essential, for the little children who wander, and for adults with autism, They might be judged by law enforcement to be ignoring the officer's command, when indeed, they are not! This training should be mandatory!
Nov 15, 2014 Sherrie Clements
Nov 15, 2014 Steph Olsen
Nov 15, 2014 Abigail Acosta-Joyce
Nov 15, 2014 Sara Brigham
Nov 15, 2014 Beverly Swaim
Nov 14, 2014 Bob Davis
Nov 14, 2014 Angela Anderson
Nov 13, 2014 joanne tecce
Nov 13, 2014 Leslie Haeckel My son was acting out in high school and as the PMAB trained teachers assistants stood by a police officer took him down by the neck causing bruises. The school district campus police officers were then trained on proper restraint techniques.
Nov 13, 2014 Kathleen Smith
Nov 12, 2014 patti wade
Nov 12, 2014 Dawn Matthews Definitely one of my worst nightmares.
Nov 11, 2014 Kate Brown
Nov 10, 2014 Jacqueline Gomez
Nov 10, 2014 Yolanda Thomas
Nov 9, 2014 whitney carpenter yes please !
Nov 9, 2014 Elizabeth Napier Too many kids are getting hurt because the police do not understand autistic children and they need to be educated immediately! !
Nov 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2014 Maria Martinez
Nov 8, 2014 (Name not displayed) While we wait for more training, marking your car with appropriate decals that may help alert first responders that the occupant may not respond appropriately to verbal commands.
Nov 8, 2014 Mark Bulling
Nov 3, 2014 Robert petermann
Nov 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 2, 2014 Jaime Murphy Every officer should have specialized trainning to identify and respond appropriately to people of all ages with Autism.
Nov 2, 2014 Shelia Hill
Nov 2, 2014 (Name not displayed) I have taught students with ASD for apx. 17 years. Back then it was estimated that 1 in 150 students had some form of ASD. Now it is estimated to b 1 in 88. Please require training of law enforcement officers regarding this issue.
Nov 1, 2014 Jonathan Alexander

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