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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 Loretta Lynch to encourage autism training for police departments around the country.

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Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch,

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 27, 2015 margaret morici
Aug 27, 2015 Janis Pederson
Aug 26, 2015 aletha stuart
Aug 26, 2015 Amber Boyd
Aug 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) This needs to happen, now! I am very concerned about this situation, as my son with autism is now 19 years old. He does get aggressive at times, and this would make the situation less threatening if police are involved! Thank you!
Aug 25, 2015 Madison DiPrima
Aug 25, 2015 Val Painter I believe wholeheartedly in this. I am from the UK and believe that more awareness is needed for ASD. I think these kids/young adults don't get the support they need in all walks of life not just policing.
Aug 24, 2015 Frances G Marin This is way over due. But yes police officers definitely need to have knowledge what a person with autism goes thru. Please do train officers on the spectrum.
Aug 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2015 Eric Miller
Aug 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2015 Katherine O'Brian
Aug 24, 2015 (Name not displayed) As someone who has Asperger's syndrome I feel very strongly about this topic. I have never had a confrontation with the police but feel it's in the best interest of both parties to have them informed about the Autism Spectrum.
Aug 24, 2015 Jessica Zimmerman
Aug 24, 2015 (Name not displayed) Educating the public is a main concern. People on the spectrum need to be heard.
Aug 24, 2015 Renee Stout
Aug 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 23, 2015 Vivian Sousley I have an autistic non verbal granddaughter and I see what can go wrong and be misinterpreted
Aug 23, 2015 dustin Kean
Aug 23, 2015 Cathy Kean 100% NEEDED TO MUCH DANGER FOR OUR CHILDREN/PARENTS!!! HOW MANY MORE KIDS HAVE TO GET LOST/DISAPPEAR/DIE BEFORE OUR COUNTRY DOES SOMETHINGGGGGGGG????????????????? FROM A MOM AND GRANDMOTHER OF AUTISTIC CHILDREN A TAX PAYER!!!!!!
Aug 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 23, 2015 (Name not displayed) Ft. Smith Ar. Also Greenwood Ar. They could be trained
Aug 23, 2015 nicole mako My son is 8yrs old and an asd regression runner...so i believe with more training this would be great for our childrens safety and future
Aug 23, 2015 Catherine Burns This addresses my biggest fear, as the Mother of a sweet and gentle young man with autism and great difficulty communicating. One unusual move or response to a police officer, and he's likely to be tazed, thrown to the ground, and/or shot. Please Help,
Aug 23, 2015 Peggy Workman
Aug 22, 2015 Jenee Gossard
Aug 22, 2015 Lisa Farley
Aug 22, 2015 Ramona Bleecker
Aug 22, 2015 michael Parnell
Aug 22, 2015 stephanie jones
Aug 22, 2015 Chris Schneider
Aug 22, 2015 Jenifer Clines
Aug 22, 2015 sammie johnson
Aug 22, 2015 (Name not displayed) We need to try getting this program everywhere.
Aug 22, 2015 Phyllis Dupret
Aug 22, 2015 Ariel Erdelyi I believe this training could mean the difference between life and death for innocent people across our country.
Aug 22, 2015 Connie Dinger My grandson as aspergers
Aug 22, 2015 Dawn Lipari-Clark This would be the most amazing thing ever. It would make a lot of parents less stressed by not having to worry so much about such situations
Aug 22, 2015 Deborah McCoy
Aug 22, 2015 Brandon Campbell
Aug 22, 2015 Kim Slyconish
Aug 21, 2015 Andria Antonakos Autistic person who has had numerous encounters with the cops here, signing in complete agreement
Aug 21, 2015 Jaimee Lynch
Aug 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2015 Susan Thamm
Aug 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2015 Brenda Trainer-Huber As a cab owner/driver I transported an autistic boy to school 5 days a week. Through him I learned what autism was and escaped a possible accident but remained calm the whole time.
Aug 21, 2015 linda ortega I work in this field and I not only believe cops should be trained but school bus drivers and the aides on the bus . this is a serious problem that has to be addressed.
Aug 21, 2015 susan murray

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