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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

Aug 31, 2014 Natisha Reed
Aug 31, 2014 Mariam Andalibi
Aug 31, 2014 Jessica Dawson Please educate our officers to be aware and to help everyone, no matter who they are!!!
Aug 29, 2014 mia correia
Aug 29, 2014 Kelly Lyons
Aug 29, 2014 Debby Wokutch-Ballweg
Aug 27, 2014 carly garcia
Aug 26, 2014 dakota clark
Aug 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2014 Cathy Thomas
Aug 22, 2014 Dennis Hewitt It may make trauma easier for the autistic to understand.
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2014 donna mcdaddie Thank you!
Aug 21, 2014 Laura Rayl
Aug 21, 2014 Sabrina Hewitt
Aug 20, 2014 Jillian Matthews
Aug 20, 2014 Erin Baker
Aug 19, 2014 Rita Iqtaifan
Aug 19, 2014 Shylow Love
Aug 19, 2014 Shantel Freeman
Aug 18, 2014 Lynn Hunsaker
Aug 18, 2014 Jennifer Concepcion
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Aug 18, 2014 Melissa Casadonti
Aug 18, 2014 Diane Gravette
Aug 18, 2014 Mary StPierre For my grandson carter and all the rest of the kids and adults!!!
Aug 18, 2014 Tom Radabaugh
Aug 18, 2014 Aron Gray
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Aug 18, 2014 Thoams Neher
Aug 18, 2014 Anne Van Laarhoven
Aug 18, 2014 Mary Van Laarhoven
Aug 18, 2014 Jennifer Gray
Aug 18, 2014 Rebecca Schmitz This needs to be mandatory in all states!
Aug 18, 2014 Amanda Serafin
Aug 18, 2014 kyle hol5
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed) It is so important for cops to deliver safe apprehension skills when dealing with an autistic person. There are ways to calm a situation that are different from what you would use with your average person.
Aug 18, 2014 Susan Treat It's about time we educate everyone about autism
Aug 18, 2014 Rachel Stephens
Aug 18, 2014 Jennifer Abbate I urge you to make legislation requiring training for law enforcement. Having properly trained first responders will help ensure the safety of our autistic community and ease the minds of us parents.
Aug 18, 2014 Shelley Cole
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2014 april tempel
Aug 18, 2014 rosalinda morales I have 2 children with autism and one is a "runner". It is important to have officers know the signs of a child with autism and how much danger they are in because they do not recognize danger.
Aug 18, 2014 Lisa King Critical !

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