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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.
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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


Oct 31, 2014 Karen Abbassi
Oct 31, 2014 Ericka Caro I have a son who is 8 years old with Autism. He struggles with avoidance behaviors which cause him to wonder. Please, our children need law enforcement agencies to know how to help our children. They need to be handled with care and love.
Oct 30, 2014 Gina Leasher
Oct 30, 2014 Leslie Gresham
Oct 30, 2014 Demetri Melekos the police have brutalized & murdered mentally challenged Citizens -- they are trained to SUSPECT everyone the encounter as a foe, rather than a human being in need of help or special consideration.
Oct 30, 2014 Jennifer Fleming
Oct 30, 2014 Donna Howe
Oct 30, 2014 sarah Castro
Oct 30, 2014 Winona BlackFeather
Oct 30, 2014 Ashley Durmire My oldest nephew has autism and likes to run off from us. I think it's very important for officers to know how to handle children with autism. It would make a huge difference.
Oct 30, 2014 Lisa James
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 marie kampmann
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 Brenda Hebblethwaite
Oct 29, 2014 Lisa Hacker
Oct 29, 2014 LeAnn Scudder
Oct 29, 2014 N Blanco
Oct 29, 2014 Teresa Rogers They need this and our children need this! Don't let something bad happen before you do!
Oct 29, 2014 Dagmary fornes
Oct 29, 2014 Cassandra Grewe My daughter has asbergers and is often not understood
Oct 29, 2014 michelle ribertsoni I have a son who is Autistic and whole heartedly believe this is great idea.
Oct 29, 2014 Alison Greene
Oct 29, 2014 Andreas Gibbs
Oct 29, 2014 Janet Green
Oct 28, 2014 Eileen Hawkins
Oct 28, 2014 steve anderson extend training to all responders.
Oct 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 28, 2014 Shariana Mundi Autism affects a gowing percentage of our population....especially children who need to be addressed with understanding and awareness. This is vital!
Oct 28, 2014 Jacquelyn Figueroa
Oct 28, 2014 Monica Meador This needs to be for ALL Emergency Response including Volunteer. As Mother to a child on the "Spectrum" & wife of a Volunteer Fire Fighrer I have seen 1st hand the need for training is desperately needed for ALL Emergency Response - ALL DIVISIONS
Oct 28, 2014 Lillian Wauford This is SO important!!! Please support!
Oct 28, 2014 Carolyn Hunt
Oct 28, 2014 Ruben Perez
Oct 28, 2014 Pamela Powell Please help to make this world safer for our children
Oct 27, 2014 Lauren Sackman In Loving Memory of Hannah Ross
Oct 27, 2014 Donna Warner
Oct 27, 2014 AshleyMarie Richardson
Oct 27, 2014 Lisa Traylor
Oct 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2014 Sheila Medlam My five-year-old autistic son wandered from our home on July 27, 2010. He was missing for 17 minutes. Police and other first responders were there within minutes and surrounded him but didn't understand autism. He drowned and died 2 days later.
Oct 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) Autism Awareness needs to be taught everywhere!
Oct 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2014 Reba Boyd For my friends Holly & Adrian & anyone else who has an autistic loved one.
Oct 27, 2014 julie younker
Oct 27, 2014 Michael Clements
Oct 27, 2014 Valerie Burr
Oct 27, 2014 amanda herling My son has ASD and I am in fear that he may wander and get lost and think what would happen if found by someone and may not be treated fairly bc of his lack of language and behaviors. We need training so these ASD individuals don't get unfair treatment
Oct 27, 2014 juan rivera

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