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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


Aug 29, 2016 Erin Cromer
Aug 27, 2016 Lauren Bernier
Aug 25, 2016 Cherlene Alfaro
Aug 20, 2016 Dee Ann Neely
Aug 19, 2016 Aidan Hodge-McNutt
Aug 19, 2016 john o'sullivan
Aug 18, 2016 EWELINA MARDYLA
Aug 17, 2016 Leslie Hussey
Aug 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2016 Emily Rosewall
Aug 16, 2016 Yahaira Lopez
Aug 14, 2016 Maricelis Benitez
Aug 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 10, 2016 Linda Lynn
Aug 3, 2016 Linda Franks
Aug 2, 2016 m bradburn
Aug 1, 2016 Tatiana Capitan
Aug 1, 2016 Laura Fernandez
Jul 29, 2016 Stacy Efird
Jul 29, 2016 Lisa Eslinger It's a win win situation.
Jul 28, 2016 Amanda Kvapil
Jul 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2016 Mary Boreman
Jul 28, 2016 ROBIN CHOPINEAUX
Jul 26, 2016 Michael Robinson I
Jul 26, 2016 Travis Wlliams
Jul 26, 2016 Desta Millett Perhaps it would be best to train your cops to stop being so trigger happy first and then the background training in autism can begin
Jul 26, 2016 Martina Foskett
Jul 26, 2016 Michael Waterman
Jul 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2016 John MacDuffee
Jul 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2016 Bronwynn Cleveland
Jul 24, 2016 Lendea Venegas
Jul 24, 2016 (Name not displayed) I have a 15 year old grandson with Asperger's Syndrome and am terrified of what could happen to hm, if he should have an episode where he shouts and scream because he is frustrated and the police are near. They MUST be trained on ALL types of Autism.
Jul 24, 2016 Rebecca Bellomy
Jul 24, 2016 Raymond Rinehart
Jul 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 LISA DUFFY
Jul 23, 2016 Brenda Heinrich
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed) I have an an autistic son and have worked with autistic adults. They are wonderful people, but easily misunderstood. Training officers with how to assist agitated autistic people, as well as others with mental illnesses or disabilities would be helpful
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 Mary Hahn Autism training is vital for the safety of autistic people who may be lost or unable to communicate, or both.
Jul 23, 2016 Raquel Serrano
Jul 23, 2016 tasha keller
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 Julie Robinson This should be required for all who serve and protect plus other workers in the public arena
Jul 23, 2016 Shannon Manning Serving our communities should mean understanding the difference between a threatening violent situation and one in which an authority figure can actually serve humanity and be of help.
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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