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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 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


Sep 26, 2014 Darla Mills
Sep 26, 2014 Becky Sciortino
Sep 26, 2014 Leta Goines
Sep 26, 2014 Millie Torres
Sep 25, 2014 Catherine Van Hooser
Sep 25, 2014 Cathrine Martinez
Sep 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2014 Mary Jane Scully
Sep 25, 2014 Tracey Williams
Sep 25, 2014 Emily Harris
Sep 25, 2014 Rachel Merritt-Thomas
Sep 25, 2014 Tania Mable
Sep 25, 2014 Samantha Archuleta
Sep 25, 2014 Angela Sullivan
Sep 25, 2014 mirella navar
Sep 25, 2014 jennifer bireley
Sep 24, 2014 Aylin Altinok
Sep 24, 2014 Chloé Espinasse
Sep 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Katherine Linebaugh
Sep 22, 2014 Sandra Lenins Childen wtth Autism respond different and they may have a meltdown just because some little thing triggered them, they do not always understand what is being ask of them. This needs to be done to protect all.
Sep 21, 2014 Beth Wright
Sep 20, 2014 Mal Scott
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Cynthia Fuller
Sep 19, 2014 Mary Bryant Please help the Law to understand the problems and actions that are tell-tale signs of autism. This could save a life.
Sep 17, 2014 Jennifer Schutte
Sep 16, 2014 rose gonzales I have a son, whom has autism. I would like to know that the law enforcement is well educated and trained on how to handle children and adults with the autism spectrum.
Sep 16, 2014 Holly Rutledge
Sep 14, 2014 Elissa Nelson
Sep 11, 2014 kaitlin kennedy
Sep 7, 2014 Stephanie Linke
Sep 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 5, 2014 Carmelita Wells
Sep 5, 2014 Danny Wyrick
Sep 5, 2014 Kelsey Villalvazo This is a must
Sep 5, 2014 Charity White
Sep 5, 2014 Eileen Casey I have two kids on the spectrum. Long story short, they have had horrible experiences with law enforcement and would be afraid to approach an officer if they were in trouble.
Sep 5, 2014 Tiffany Pecora
Sep 5, 2014 craig gaunson
Sep 5, 2014 (Name not displayed) No comments
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Sep 5, 2014 Kim Butz
Sep 4, 2014 Ben Fischer
Sep 4, 2014 Sherry Stickney
Sep 4, 2014 Kat Severson
Sep 4, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2014 diann carrothers I may have already signed this.
Sep 4, 2014 (Name not displayed) Police, other emergency responders and teachers should be educated on how to react and respond to such occasions. The awareness needs to be more.
Sep 4, 2014 Laura Gross As many people as their are today that have autism, officers need to know how to deal with an autistic individual without using violence or deadly force.

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