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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 the US Attorney General to encourage autism training for police departments around the country.

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Dear Attorney General,

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


Sep 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 10, 2017 Christie Rawls
Sep 9, 2017 robert dowling
Sep 8, 2017 Patricia Vazquez
Sep 7, 2017 M.T. Lovejoy
Sep 7, 2017 Gillian Miller
Sep 6, 2017 Jo Anne Godwin Please insure that lasw enforcement personnel are properly trained to deal with children with autism. Please provide country-wide autism training for our law enfocement. Thanks.
Aug 29, 2017 Stephanie Guilherme
Aug 28, 2017 Marcie Boroughs
Aug 28, 2017 Karen Jagodzinski For my Precious Grandson, Oliver.
Aug 27, 2017 Taelor Norton
Aug 27, 2017 Jennifer Ivan
Aug 27, 2017 Becky Jo Decker
Aug 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2017 Holly Bloom
Aug 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2017 Marquita Davenport
Aug 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2017 June Norton
Aug 26, 2017 Danielle Swanson
Aug 26, 2017 Patti Murphy
Aug 26, 2017 James Switzer
Aug 26, 2017 Britany Switzer
Aug 26, 2017 Danielle Marshall I have first hand experience of my autistic child wandering off from home; luckily our situation turned out well & he was found unharmed within a few hours.
Aug 26, 2017 Kira Pedrosa
Aug 26, 2017 Lisa Arce
Aug 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2017 Donna Naclerio
Aug 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2017 Danielle Teplicky I work daily with children with autism and cannot even believe this law has yet to be passed. How many children need to go missing before you do the right thing?
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2017 Jane Lemison
Aug 20, 2017 Teresa Kohl
Aug 19, 2017 Brad Courtney I am a father of a boy with autism
Aug 14, 2017 Renella Kendall
Aug 11, 2017 Cerue Diggs
Aug 6, 2017 Benny Rees
Aug 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2017 Lynette Strode
Jul 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2017 Peter Garcia
Jul 27, 2017 Shirley Duarte As a mother of son with autism any safety for them is needed
Jul 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2017 Cari Duncan
Jul 27, 2017 Tanya Anderson-scott
Jul 26, 2017 Jennifer Fautheree
Jul 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2017 Maria Dixon

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