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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 28, 2015 Nancy Black
Jul 28, 2015 Maryann Contreras
Jul 28, 2015 Christine Boisse
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) I feel they need the training. I have a great nephew with autism and I have seen first hand how they react with it.
Jul 28, 2015 Maria Rivera My son have autism, yes , training to law enforcement around the country.
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) our 18.5 year old son is also ASD & ADHD
Jul 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2015 Deborah Schneider As a mother of 4 children, 1 who has ASD I strongly feel this law is so very important.. help protect our beautiful precious little people ❤
Jul 27, 2015 Brittany Leeman Such a small learning experience can save lives and feelings. Police should know and respect the signs of this disease to help make the world a better place.
Jul 27, 2015 TRACY MARTINAZZI My son has ASD, he is a runner, he has melt-downs One of my biggest fears is that Law Enforcement may come upon my child having a problem and view him as a threat, and hurt or kill him. Please train our officers!!
Jul 27, 2015 kiko jennings
Jul 27, 2015 Lillianne Zaragoza
Jul 27, 2015 Danielle Schultz
Jul 27, 2015 Jessica leonard
Jul 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) I absolutely think this is a necessity. My autistic teen already seems older than his age...I am terrified that police could misread his actions in public. Autism is on the rise nobodys child should be in danger just for lack of understanding the issues.
Jul 27, 2015 Carol Dawson
Jul 27, 2015 Cleta Kramer
Jul 27, 2015 jennifer ruiz
Jul 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) As a mother of 2 Autistic children i would feel more at ease that a police officer had proper training on how to deal with children and Adults on the spectrum. Please give them training.
Jul 27, 2015 Randy Norton Went through similar situation
Jul 27, 2015 Chris Hary Should be all 1st responders
Jul 27, 2015 Michelle Wooten I am in full agreement with the need for more education between police officers and first responders and those suffering from such disorders as ASD.
Jul 27, 2015 Kelley Gier
Jul 27, 2015 Melissa East
Jul 27, 2015 Jami Stevenson
Jul 27, 2015 Patricia Rathbone Proper and thorough training would be helpful for eveyone
Jul 27, 2015 Bridget Delaney My sister, an adult, has Asperger's and these issues still affect her every day. Her mental age will probably always be around 15 or 16. She used to wander lots when she was younger, too. She would walk to the mall at 3am.
Jul 27, 2015 Ann Lafave
Jul 27, 2015 Kathy Wicks
Jul 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) Pls help our kids
Jul 26, 2015 Evelyn Hernandez
Jul 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2015 Sonia Wijetunga This is a very important concern for me. The Police more often than not (with a few exceptions) tend to escalate situations especially with those not mentally stable. This should be made a compulsory part of their training.
Jul 26, 2015 Jesse Hooks
Jul 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2015 Mike Gaines
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed) We all need to understand autisum better, so we will be able to communicate better with those less fortunate than us , especially our law enforement personnel.
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2015 maria jones
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2015 Holly Carr
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2015 John De Keyzer
Jul 24, 2015 cheryl hastings
Jul 24, 2015 Dale Benson
Jul 24, 2015 Andrea Wheatcraft I am an autism expert in my school district and did training for our first responders last summer. They were very receptive and really needed this info!
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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