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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: 22,705
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


Mar 26, 2015 Laura Bauer
Mar 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2015 Annette Dunkel
Mar 25, 2015 jane hughes
Mar 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2015 Jeanne Fecht-Roberts
Mar 25, 2015 John Hansen
Mar 24, 2015 Pauline Köhler
Mar 24, 2015 Susan McNary-Murray
Mar 23, 2015 Arthur Litke
Mar 22, 2015 Linda Meade My two boys have autism. This is a personal subject and very close to my heart,
Mar 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2015 Kuhn Virginie
Mar 21, 2015 Kelle Chapman
Mar 21, 2015 Nicole Solano
Mar 21, 2015 Lynda Mandarino
Mar 21, 2015 Jessie McGraw
Mar 21, 2015 Maria Lischak
Mar 21, 2015 Graeme Hunter Our education system does not deal with people who are autistic. I am dyslexic and I was not educated properly in fact I was told that I was a lazy reader. It is easy to make excuses and throw people on the scrap heap than to educate for it costs less.
Mar 19, 2015 Tamara Helmstetler
Mar 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2015 Jennifer Janeczko
Mar 19, 2015 Maria D. Zequeira
Mar 19, 2015 eliZabeth hall
Mar 19, 2015 Alyson Michelena
Mar 18, 2015 dawn tuggle
Mar 18, 2015 Marie Plahn
Mar 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2015 Magdalini T.
Mar 18, 2015 Ani Peneva
Mar 17, 2015 Lita Ebrahimi
Mar 17, 2015 Maile Baltierra
Mar 17, 2015 Tonya Belcher
Mar 17, 2015 Sarah Mathews
Mar 17, 2015 Pamela Craghill
Mar 17, 2015 Veronica Rehne
Mar 17, 2015 Anna Ostrowska
Mar 16, 2015 Sandra Gifford
Mar 16, 2015 al sica
Mar 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2015 Hazel Sharrad
Mar 16, 2015 Maria Murta
Mar 16, 2015 Sachini Hulugalle
Mar 16, 2015 Charlotte Grillot
Mar 16, 2015 Sasha Brooman
Mar 16, 2015 (Name not displayed) My younger brother is severely autistic and severely mentally retarded. I always worry that he could act out in a store or a restaurant and encounter somebody who would not understand about his disability, somebody who might hurt him.
Mar 15, 2015 Emily Hoff
Mar 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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