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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

Apr 24, 2015 Donna Kaufman This hits home for me because my son has autism. My son would freak if a police officer would raise there voice. so please train them
Apr 23, 2015 Kristopher Green
Apr 23, 2015 Erica Leadford
Apr 21, 2015 Gina Goad
Apr 18, 2015 Talya Raveed
Apr 17, 2015 Hope Gmyrek
Apr 17, 2015 Katarina Axelsson
Apr 17, 2015 Kelly Derriman
Apr 17, 2015 Shirin Imsdahl
Apr 16, 2015 Nadia Mousa
Apr 16, 2015 Christina Brennen
Apr 15, 2015 Silvia García
Apr 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2015 Daneita Hargett
Apr 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2015 Markéta Kalinová
Apr 13, 2015 Suzanne Green
Apr 13, 2015 Gary Van Deusen
Apr 13, 2015 stephanie oddo
Apr 12, 2015 Patti York
Apr 12, 2015 Manuela Werthwein
Apr 12, 2015 Carol Dipper
Apr 12, 2015 Delia Mihaela Papa
Apr 11, 2015 nancy michiels
Apr 11, 2015 bonni fox
Apr 10, 2015 Shawn Cloninger
Apr 10, 2015 Harriette Porter
Apr 9, 2015 Elizabeth Sather
Apr 9, 2015 yvonne garcia rice
Apr 9, 2015 Maria Craigie
Apr 9, 2015 Laura Boileau
Apr 9, 2015 Dawn Bowers
Apr 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 8, 2015 LaQuan McLennon
Apr 8, 2015 judy custer
Apr 8, 2015 Maria Simao
Apr 7, 2015 jesse asche
Apr 7, 2015 sherrie asche
Apr 7, 2015 (Name not displayed) I support this fully! Please train them! 1 out of 68 babies born has Autism!
Apr 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2015 adam hind I have aspergers syndrome and I didn't get diagnosed till I was 13 years old and I haven't had much help since then
Apr 7, 2015 Michelle Smith Not only children, but also adults. My son is 15 and facing aggravated battery charges. He didn't and still don't realize what he did. I believe its excessive.
Apr 7, 2015 Julie Bakker
Apr 7, 2015 Jennifer fontenot Definitely train them. You can't protect what you don't understand.
Apr 7, 2015 sylvia gruener
Apr 7, 2015 Ryan Kummer
Apr 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2015 Jeana Martin
Apr 5, 2015 Donna Lozano

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